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Home / IPG Photonics Launches Combined Handheld Laser Welding and Cleaning System

IPG Photonics Launches Combined Handheld Laser Welding and Cleaning System

IPG Photonics Corp. (Oxford, MA) has launched the LightWELD 1500 XC, a handheld laser welder with new capabilities for pre-and post-weld cleaning functions designed to save time and reduce costs versus traditional pre- and post-weld cleaning methods.

Posted: October 26, 2021

Before welding, the LightWELD 1500 XC can laser clean rust and other materials off surfaces.
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The LightWELD XC expands the capabilities and ease of use for the LightWELD system without any increase in size or weight.

Preset modes for weld pre-cleaning can remove grease, oils, rust, and excessive oxide coatings to reduce the potential for void formation while achieving increased weld consistency and repeatability.  For post-weld processing, optimized cleaning modes remove soot, weld-related debris, and heat-induced discoloration resulting in high-quality welded parts with better visual appearance.

To switch between welding and cleaning functions, a user must exchange the gun nozzle and select a process mode from the front panel, which enables high-frequency, pulsed laser power for cleaning operations.  Preset cleaning modes can be modified and saved for future use in the same manner as the welding modes.

“Integrating these functions in a single, handheld unit addresses the key fabricating business needs of increasing productivity, achieving improved and consistent quality, and reducing the amount of rework and cost of consumables and materials disposal,” said Trevor Ness, SVP worldwide sales.

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