what works – what does not work?
Where are the limits of laser technology?
Cleaning with laser light is particularly suitable for removing homogeneous and locally limited layers of metallic base materials.
Both the thickness of the layer and the physical properties (absorption) have an influence on the speed of cleaning or – more precisely – on the surface rate. For example, thin oxide layers of components can be removed faster than lacquer or paint layers for bonding or contacting.
In general, the removal of layers with a thickness of more than 0.5 mm is uneconomical, especially in combination with large areas of several square meters.
Accessibility can also push the laser process to its limits. Although we have developed techniques and special optics for complex 3D tasks that still achieve good results in apparently unsolvable cleaning requirements, physics cannot be outsmarted. For example, it is just as impossible to clean angled pipes and cooling channels as it is to deburr or remove mineral deposits.
Our technology consultants are happy to help you quickly and easily with the evaluation of your task.