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MultiWave Hybrid Technology

MultiWave Hybrid technology utilizes a broad range of laser wavelengths, providing customers with the capability to laser process most materials including plastic, rubber, wood, and metal. This unique technology allows any of three different laser wavelengths to be run on a single laser system, providing these benefits:

  • Expanded Laser Material Processing Capability
    Dual Laser capability offers more than seventeen times the number of laser configurations than do single laser systems.
  • Broad Range of Material Compatibility
    The ability to choose from three different laser wavelengths greatly expands the range of materials available to the user.
  • Ease of Use
    The ULS Materials Database automatically recognizes which laser wavelength is installed in the system and provides the optimized laser settings for that wavelength.
  • Maximum Productivity
    Rapid Reconfiguration from ULS allows the user to quickly install the proper laser for the material they are processing.
  • Maximize Return on Investment
    The ability to reconfigure the MultiWave Hybrid platform with the ideal laser wavelength and peak power does not require the purchase of new laser systems to process different types of materials.

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.

Lasers Full Line

Pre-aligned, interchangeable laser sources to leverage MultiWave Hybrid technology

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:


  • Laser cutting carbon fiber reinforced plastic: 1 x 75 Watt 10.6µm laser and 1 x 50 Watt 1.06µm laser
  • Laser cutting multi-material laminate: 1 x 50 Watt 10.6µm laser and 1 x 50 Watt 1.06µm laser
  • Rapid prototyping for flexible circuit fabrication: 1 x 75 Watt 10.6µm laser 1 x 30 Watt 9.3µm laser and 1 x 50 Watt 1.06µm laser
  • Selective laser ablation of thin film materials: 1 x 50 Watt 10.6µm laser and 1 x 50 Watt 1.06µm laser
  • Laser cutting silicon wafer: 1 x 75 Watt 10.6µm laser and 1 x 50 Watt 1.06µm laser
Number of Power and Wavelength Combinations Available
for Single and Dual Laser MultiWave Hybrid™ System Configurations

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.

Delrin™ that has been laser cut using a 10.6 µm CO2 laser

Delrin that has been laser cut using a 10.6 µm CO2 laser

Kapton™ that has been laser cut, drilled and marked using a 9.3 µm CO2 laser

Kapton that has been laser cut, drilled, and marked using a 9.3 µm CO2 laser

Stainless steel that has been laser marked using a 1.06 µm Fiber laser.

Stainless steel that has been laser marked using a 1.06 µm fiber laser

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.

Maximum Productivity

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.