MultiWave Hybrid™ Technology
How MultiWave Hybrid Technology Works
MultiWave Hybrid technology uses specially designed optics that are compatible with all three laser wavelengths offered by ULS (see image below). These proprietary optics allow users to select the best laser wavelength for the material they are processing, greatly expanding the range of materials that can be processed on a single laser cutting, engraving, and marking machine.
Expanded Laser Material Processing Capability
Laser systems with Dual Laser capability offer more than seventeen times the number of laser configurations than do single laser systems. Each unique combination of laser power and wavelength offers the user an additional option for configuring the optimal laser materials processing solution for their application. The important of this level of flexibility cannot be understated. Each of the following applications, for example, requires a unique pair of laser sources to produce ideal results:
Broad Range of Material Compatibility
The type of materials being processed determines the best laser wavelength to use. A 10.6 µm wavelength CO2 laser is the best choice for most organic materials, including plastic, rubber, and wood. A 9.3 µm wavelength CO2 laser is the best choice for specialty materials such as PET and Kapton®. A 1.06 µm wavelength fiber laser is the best choice for processing metals including steel, aluminum, and brass.
Ease of Use
The Advanced Materials Processing Center (AMPC) at ULS has optimized laser settings for processing hundreds of materials using the three laser wavelengths described in the previous section. The laser system recognizes which wavelength is installed and automatically displays the Intelligent Materials Database window for that wavelength. The user simply needs to select the name of the material from the Intelligent Materials Database. The database then automatically calculates the optimal settings for laser processing the selected material with the laser wavelength that is installed.
MultiWave Hybrid technology allows users to select the ideal laser wavelength and power for the material they are processing. Lasers can be installed in seconds, without special training or tools, so the ideal laser wavelength and power can be chosen for each application.
Maximize Return on Investment
Multiwave Hybrid technology allows the user to reconfigure their platform with the ideal laser wavelength and power for each application. This reduces costs by eliminating the need to purchase new laser systems for each unique new application.