The Fundamentals of Laser Technology

ULS History of Innovation

Universal Laser Systems was founded in 1988 with the vision of expanding the potential for laser materials processing to include multiple materials and multiple processes with a single laser system. The foundation of ULS laser systems is a modular design that allows a single platform to be configured to process a myriad of materials.

  • Company is launched in October as Applied Laser Technology with introduction of ALT-2010 with 20 watt laser.
  • Introduction of ALT-5010 with 50 watt laser.
  • Company name change to Universal Laser System (ULS) and re-naming of products ULS 1720 and ULS 1750.
  • Introduction of 100 watt laser version of ULS 1750 dubbed ULS 17100.
  • ULS-25 introduction and creation of an OEM version for Trotec (Trotec 25R).
  • PS introduction with new, larger motion system and OEM versions for Trotec (Trotec 25PSR and Trotec 50PSR).
  • Introduction of the 25E and OEM versions for Trotec (Trotec 25ER) and New Hermes/Gravograph (ISL2000).
  • Introduction of Optima and Optima Jr, exclusive OEM product for New Hermes/Gravograph.
  • Introduction of M, V and X laser systems and OEM versions of M and V models for New Hermes/Gravograph (ISL2001, ISL3001).

    Introduction of first ULS designed and manufactured 25/30 watt lasers.
  • Introduction of first desktop laser system C-200. Additionally, introduction of the first all-in-one laser kiosk for the personalization industry.
  • Introduction of ULS 40 watt and 50 watt lasers.

    Launch of OEM division.
  • Introduction of the "Platform" quick-change laser concept, Rapid ReconfigurationTM and ULS 60 watt laser.

    Introduction of Dual Laser ConfigurationTM concept in X2 platform.
  • Introduction of SuperSpeedTM.
  • Introduction of high-speed laser pulsing enhancements.
  • Introduction of VersaLaser Lasers® Systems and next generation software with first materials database and introduction of ULS 10 watt laser.
  • Introduction of first laser system geared for industrial markets the XL with first ULS servo-drive system.
  • Introduction of HPDFOTM.
  • Introduction of new generation ULR Lasers (new OEM versions: class 4, Basic, Air-Cooled, and Water-Cooled).
  • Introduction of PLS, VLS Desktop and ILS along with Laser Interface+ (second generation materials database driver) and laser job estimation software.
  • Introduction of ULS 75 watt laser, PLS SuperSpeed and VLS Platforms.

    Introduction of 30 and 50 watt 9.3 micron CO2 lasers.
  • Introduction of ILS SuperSpeed, 1-Touch Laser PhotoTM and new Universal Control Panel (UCP) single software interface for all laser systems with new features including relocation and duplication modes.
  • Introduction of new version of 1-Touch Laser Photo™ with material simulation preview.
  • Introduction of PLS6MW Multi-Wavelength laser system.
  • Introduction of Universal Camera RegistrationTM feature for ILS, DXF/PDF import feature.
  • Introduction of XLS10.150D and XLS10MWH industrial laser systems with hydrostatic bearing techology, new generation camera registration, MultiWave HybridTM technology, and the LSMTM (Laser System Manager) next generation control software.

    Introduction of UAC 4000 Air Cleaner with patented dual carbon filters for ILS and XLS platforms.
  • Introduction of 250/500 watt high-power lasers.
  • Introduction of UAC 2000 Air Cleaner for VLS and PLS platforms.

    Awarded patents for Flexible Manufacturing and Multi-Wave Hybrid Technology.

    Introduction of 75 watt 9.3 micron CO2 laser.
  • Introduction of ULTRA X6000 platform with advanced functionality such as high-accuracy beam positioning and auto-focus, collision detection, smart path planning, and support for MultiWave Hybrid technology.
  • Introduction of High Power XLS with a 250 watt CO2 laser and a 50 watt fiber laser.
  • Introduction of ULTRA R5000
  • Introduction of ULTRA R9000

    Introduction of 150 watt laser source

ULS Portfolio of Patents

From its founding in 1988, Universal Laser Systems has been a company driven by innovation, and motivated by the advancement of laser technology and its applications to materials processing. R&D efforts have resulted in a significant portfolio of patents.

Laser Resonators

  • US 8,599,898 Slab Laser with Composite Resonator and Method for Producing High Energy Laser Radiation – Dec, 2013

Laser Source Construction Innovations

  • US 6,983,001 Laser With Heat Transfer System – Jan, 2006
  • US 9,263,844 Air Cooled Gas Lasers and Associated Systems and Methods – Feb, 2016

Laser Source Cooling Innovations

  • US 7,415,051 Air Cooled Laser Apparatus and Method – Aug, 2008
  • US 9,263,845 Air Cooled Gas Lasers with Heat Transfer Resonator Optics and Associated Systems and Methods – Feb, 2016
  • US 9,281,649 Air Cooled Gas Lasers with Heat Transfer Assembly and Associated Systems and Methods – Mar, 2016

Laser Source Response Improvement

  • US 7,469,000 Gas Lasers Including Nanoscale Catalyst and Methods for Producing Such Lasers– Dec, 2009

Laser Source RF Power Supply

  • US 6,181,719 Gas laser RF Power Source Apparatus and Method – Jan, 2001


  • US 6,313,433 Laser Material Processing System With Multiple Laser Sources Apparatus and Method – Nov, 2001

Portable Laser Kiosk Concept

  • US 6,342,687 Portable Laser System with Portable or Stationary Fume Evacuation – Jan, 2002

Dual Laser Configuration

  • US 6,423,925 Apparatus and Method for Combining Multiple Laser Beams in Laser Material Processing Systems – Jul, 2002
  • US 6,424,670 Apparatus and Method for Making Laser Sources and Laser Platforms Interchangeable and Interfaceable – Jul, 2002

VLS Desktop Cabinet Design

  • US D517,474 Laser Cabinet – Mar, 2006

HPDFO (High Power Density Focusing Optics)

  • US 7,060,934 High Resolution Laser Beam Delivery Apparatus – Jun, 2006

In-Line Air Cooling

  • US 7,715,454 Method and Apparatus for Cooling a Laser– May, 2010

Class 4 Conversion Module

  • US 7,723,638 Laser Conversion Systems and Methods for Converting Laser Systems for Operation in Different Laser Safety Classifications – May, 2010

Traveling Exhaust

  • US 7,947,919 Laser-Based Material Processing Exhaust Systems and Methods for Using Such Systems – May, 2011

Laser System with Inkjet Innovation

  • US 8,101,883 Laser-Based Material Processing Systems and Methods for Using Such Systems – Jan, 2012

Laser Beam Positioning Innovation

  • US 8,294,062 Laser Beam Positioning Systems for Material Processing and Methods for Using Such Systems – Oct, 2012
  • US 9,737,958 Laser Material Processing Systems with Beam Positioning Assemblies Having Fluidic Beating Interfaces and Associated Apparatuses and Methods – Aug, 2017

Air Filtering Innovation

  • US 8,603,217 Recirculating Filtration Systems for Material Processing Systems and Associated Methods of Use and Manufacturing – Dec, 2013
  • US 9,155,988 Multi-stage Air filtration Systems and Associated Apparatus and Method – Oct, 2015

Multi-Wave Hybrid Technology

  • US 9,346,122 Multi-Wavelength Laser Processing Systems and Associated Methods of Use and Manufacture -- May, 2016

Flexible Manufacturing Method

    US 9,354,630 Flexible Laser Manufacturing Systems and Associated Methods of Use and Manufacturing – May 2016

New Method of Purchasing Laser Energy

  • US 9,694,448 Methods and Systems for Operating Laser Processing Systems – Jul, 2017
  • US 10,456,875 Methods and Systems of Operating Laser Processing Systems - Oct, 2019

Fire Suppression

  • US 10,391,345 Laser Processing Systems with Fire Suppression, and Associated Apparatuses and Methods – Aug, 2019