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Laser applications in sheet metal part production

: Klocke, F.; Sweeney, K.; Demmer, A.; Wagner, C.

Kals, H.J.J.:
Sheet metal 1998. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference
Twente, 1998
ISBN: 90-365-1113-5
International Conference on Sheet Metal (SheMet) <6, 1998, Twente>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPT ()
laser application; laser forming; Rapid Prototyping; Rapid Tooling; sheet metal part production

When considering the application of lasers in sheet metal part production, one typically thinks of two processes: laser cutting and laser welding. There are, however, a wide range of additional areas of application for lasers in the production of sheet metal parts. This paper presents a summary of such applications and gives a introduction into the expanding field of lasers in sheet metal technology. This includes not only the use of lasers in forming and cutting operations, but in all stages of the part production sequence, including diversities such as rapid prototyping and rapid tooling, laser hardening and cladding of tools and dies, as well as the joining and engraving of sheet metal parts.