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Automotive

Synrad offers OEMs and system integrators in the automotive manufacturing and after-market industries the most reliable sealed tube CO2 lasers in a unique combination of power-size-weight options. Perfectly suited for deployment on fixed-base, gantry, and robotic arm systems, Synrad high performance CO2 lasers give OEMs and system integrators maximum flexibility when designing laser-based processing systems for the demanding automotive industry. Consistency across Synrad’s laser families make integration and system upgrades easier, engineers and technicians can rely on operational similarities and the same high quality laser beam across all models.

Degating Plastic Sprues

Plastic automotive parts are often injection molded. In post processing, leftover gates need to be cleanly trimmed away. With careful optimization of output power and wavelength, the CO2 laser is perfect for consistent results on many of these plastic materials such as acrylic, polycarbonate, and ABS. Recommended lasers include: 

Precision Cutting

CO2 lasers are critical for getting high quality slot cuts in many plastic materials for automotive trim, headlamp assemblies, and bumpers. With the increase of smart car production, there are more opportunities for laser cutting holes for additional sensors and cameras without having to retool the plastic molds. Recommended lasers include:

Textiles and Upholstry

Many of the textile and upholstery materials found in car interiors are cut with CO2 lasers. This includes seat pads, foam trim, seat belts, and airbags. In addition, the laser can seal the fibers during the cutting process. Typical laser powers used are 60 - 400 Watts.

Surface Texture

Surface manipulation to enhance grip and tactile quality is an excellent application for a CO2 laser. Synrad lasers mark or ablate plastics, wood, resin based composites, rubber and rubber-like materials to improve tactile quality for a wide variety products. Recommended lasers:

Ablation

Selectively removing one material from the surface of another is a process known as ablation. CO2 lasers excel because the target is material removed and vaporized, leaving minimal residue and little to no damage of the target material. This is especially effective when removing paint and other coatings that are potentially hazardous. Recommended lasers:

Glass Marking

Synrad pioneered laser glass marking and today often replaces sandblasting as the preferred method for marking glass. Laser marking glass avoids all the hazards associated with sandblasting while delivering faster, easier design or text change-overs with far better detail. Recommended lasers:

Marking

Requires a laser with excellent beam quality for crisp marking and higher continuous power for faster throughput speed. Recommended lasers include:

Engraving

A process that vaporizes material to create deep marks in target materials. This can be useful in marking materials (often wood and plastics) that do not change color when absorbing CO2 laser light. Engraving can create a unique shadowing effect that provides visible contrast to the engraved area. Lasers with excellent beam quality for precise material removal power and higher continuous power for faster throughput speed are best. Recommended lasers include:

Drilling

Precision hole drilling requires a laser with high peak power and fast rise/fall times to minimize discoloration and charring. Higher laser peak power will yield faster throughput. Recommended lasers include:

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