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ULTRA 9

ULTRA 9MWH Specifications

ULTRA 9 Specs

Platform Overview

The ULTRA 9 platform offers laser material processing for the widest possible range of materials. It is designed and ideally suited for precision material processing in manufacturing, research and development, academic research, and prototyping environments. With its unique modular architecture, customizeable solutions can be easily reconfigured with a wide array of options for enhancing performance, capability, and safety to complete the perfect solution to meet present and future business needs.

The ULTRA 9 platform has a materials processing envelope of 36 x 24 in (914 x 610), with support for materials with a thickness up to 12 in (305 mm).

Configure the customizable ULTRA 9 platform with up to three laser sources consisting of two interchangeable CO2 lasers and one fiber laser. When the platform is configured with three lasers, users can take advantage of MultiWave HybridTM technology enabling up to three wavelengths – 9.3 µm, 10.6 µm, and 1.06 µm – to be simultaneously combined into a single coaxial beam. Each spectral component of the beam is independently controlled and can be modulated in real time.

Major features include rapid, high-accuracy laser beam positioning, precision focusing with autofocus, adjustable laser power density, an automation interface, camera registration, an integrated touch screen user interface, fire detection and support for suppression.

Platform Specifications

ULTRA 9
Processing Area36 x 24 in (914 x 610 mm)
Max Material Thickness12 in (305 mm)
Carriage Travel1.0 in (25.4 mm)
Autofocus Range12 in (305 mm)
Autofocus Accuracy+/-.001 (25 micron)
Beam Positioning Acceleration>5G
Max Beam Positioning Speed>150 in/sec (3810 mm/sec)
Path PlanningReal Time Path Planning Optimization
Minimum Addressable Beam Positioning.00008 in (2 µm)
Beam Delivery System Accuracy.001 in (25 µm)
Selectable Power Density Coefficients for CO2 laser3X/5X (Standard), 1X/13X (Optional)
Fiber Power Density Coefficient52X
Number of Lasers Supported3
Available Wavelengths1.06, 9.3 and 10.6 µm
Max Laser Power150 Watts CO2 (9.3 or 10.6 µm)
50 Watts Fiber (1.06 µm)
Laser Power ControlEncoder Based Programmable
System CoolingAir Cooled
External ConnectivityEthernet or WIFI
WindowsTM/macOSTM/LinuxTM/AndroidTM/iOSTM (browser based)
Controls21 in (533 mm) Touchscreen Interface
Software InterfaceFile Formats: PDF, DXF, G-code
Intelligent Materials Database
Design File Management
Design File Estimator
Design File Relocation and Duplication
Process Control Programming
Overall DimensionsWidth: 65 in (1651 mm) (control panel folded)
Width: 83.5 in (2121 mm) (control panel extended)
Depth: 45 in (1143 mm)
Height: 53 in (1346 mm)
Weight550 lbs (250 Kg)
Power Requirements220-240V/16A
Exhaust RequirementsUAC 4000 Air Cleaner or External Exhaust Blower Capable of 700 CFM @6 in Static Pressure (1190 m3/hr at 1.5 kPa)
SafetyClass 1 for Material Processing Lasers (1.06, 9.3, 10.6 µm) Contains Class 2 Alignment Laser (670 µm)
Convertible to Class 4 Operation with Patented Optional Class 4 Conversion Module (patent no. 7,723,638)

Included Accessories

Gas Assist
Computer Controlled Coaxial Gas Assist with Material Collision Detection

Gas assist can be programmed to switch between compressed air and other non-flammable support gases such as nitrogen. Users can program use of gas type and flow level on a process-by-process basis within a design file.

Material collision detection is built into the coaxial gas fitting on the carriage with provisions for the fitting to breakaway in case of lateral collision and auto-sense vertical collision. Safety is improved because collisions are detected and processing is stopped. This feature reduces the likelihood of damage to the material being processed and to the laser system due to collisions between material, fixturing, and carriage.

Gas assist improves results for a variety of laser processing applications by directing byproducts (smoke and fumes) of laser processing away from the material, cooling materials, and changing the gas components ratio at the point of laser energy interaction with the material to increase or reduce oxidation reactions during laser processing.

Productivity Enhancers
Automation Interface

The Automation Interface makes it possible to integrate ULS laser systems into automated manufacturing environments. Programmable inputs and event-driven outputs, combined with a powerful user interface, allow users to seamlessly adapt their laser systems to diverse automated applications.

Benefits

  • Comprehensive External Laser System Control
    Initiate up to eight different laser system functions with programmable inputs
  • Integrate External Devices into Laser Material Processing
    Control or signal up to two external devices using event-driven, programmable outputs
Camera Registration

A high resolution camera integrated in the beam delivery carriage enables calibration of the laser system across the processing field and camera registration of materials. Calibration improves accuracy of the laser system. Camera registration allows design files to be automatically translated, scaled and skewed to align properly with preexisting features on the surface of the materials. Camera registration marks and other features of the material surface can be used.

Software
Direct File Import

In addition to standard print drivers, ULS offers a Direct File Import option that enables users to import certain types of files directly into the laser system control software, without the need to print from any third party software.

Benefits

  • Allows the user to import standard design file interchange formats from any design platform (PC, Mac, Linux)
  • Offers improvement in vector processing quality
  • STL and G-Code imports are compatible only with ULTRA and XLS platforms
ULTRA Laser System Manager

The integrated, cross-platform control and user interface software supports Windows™/macOS™/Linux™/Android™/iOS™ operating systems (browser based). It provides access to a suite of tools that allows users to quickly and confidently create and manage design files and program laser material processing settings:

  • Design file storage and management
  • Importing of design files from common formats such as DXF and PDF formats
  • Modification of design files including, relocation and duplication functions
  • Intelligent Materials Database which calculates optimal processing settings for widest selection of compatible materials, taking into account laser power and wavelength currently installed in the system
  • Vector sorting and kerf compensation for cutting applications
  • Calibration, setup and diagnostics functions
High Value Intelligent Materials Database Subscription

This enhanced database subscription works with the Intelligent Materials Database and provides settings for many additional (largely industrial) materials. The Intelligent Materials Database and the associated materials-based print driver give you the choice of automatic or manual control over power, speed, pulses per inch, and other system settings for many additional (largely industrial) materials.

Benefits

  • Ever expanding database of laser processable materials allows users to achieve optimal results and avoid the learning curve for processing new materials
  • Gives you unlimited control over your laser processing parameters when needed
Intelligent Materials Database

The Intelligent Materials Database automatically calculates optimized settings for laser processing on hundreds of materials.

Benefits

  • Ever expanding database of laser processable materials allows users to achieve optimal results and avoid the learning curve for processing new materials
  • Gives you limited control over your laser processing parameters when needed
Fire Detection and Support for Fire Suppression

This feature protects laser systems from damage during laser processing by detecting an over-temperature event in the laser material processing area, halting laser processing and triggering an audible alarm. Additionally, this feature supports the optional fire suppression module which, if attached, can deploy fire suppressant on the material being laser processed.

Optional Accessories

Optics
1X/13X Selectable Laser Power Density Optical Assembly

A unique optical assembly in the carriage provides a fixed 2” working distance from the bottom of the carriage while allowing the user to select power density.

Gas Assist
Lateral Gas Assist Attachment

The Lateral Gas Assist attachment is an adjustable attachment that can direct air along the material’s surface at a variety of incident angles. This is particularly helpful in raster engraving applications where debris can be removed from the engraving for ideal processing.

Benefits

  • Improved laser material processing
  • Increased system safety
  • Reduced maintenance
Compressed Air Source

ULS offers a compressed air solution that delivers optimally conditioned clean, dry, and oil-free air to both Optics Protection and Gas Assist components.

Safety and Facility
Fire Suppression

This module provides pressurized fire suppressant that can be automatically deployed on the material being laser processed in the event that high temperatures are detected in the processing area. A backup tank is present to provide continuous protection if the primary tank is deployed and has to be replaced.

Air Filtration and Handling
UAC Air Cleaner

This optional air cleaner can be connected to a laser system to exhaust byproducts of laser material processing (particulate and fumes) from the processing area. The air cleaner removes particulate and fumes from the exhaust air using a four stage filtration process including a patented dual carbon filter. The UAC air cleaner controls exhaust flow and communicates state of the filter media to the user.

Traveling Exhaust

This is an exhaust manifold that mounts to the arm of the beam delivery system to more effectively capture byproducts of laser material processing before they can deposit on the surface of the material being processed. This option reduces maintenance requirements and improves reliability of laser systems for applications involving removal of large amounts of material or when operating the laser system with side panels removed in optional Class 4 mode.

Material Handling
Class 4 Conversion Module (Enabling Pass-Through)

The patented Class 4 Conversion Module is an option that allows the user to quickly and easily convert a laser system between a fully enclosed Class 1 operation and an open Class 4 operation. This allows the user to place oversized objects in the laser system or pass continuous objects such as rolls of material or conveyor systems through the laser system.

Benefits

  • Increased material handling flexibility and productivity
  • Improved safety and reduced liability
  • Converts platform to meet CDRH and international Class 4 laser safety requirements
Elevating Pins for Pin Table Configuration

Aluminum pins to elevate rigid materials above the material support surface table to reduce back reflections.

Tiles for Vacuum Table Configuration (compressed carbon or perforated aluminum)

Porous carbon tiles and perforated aluminum tiles (12 x 12 in, 305 x 305 mm) to create vacuum table surfaces for thin flexible materials. Porous carbon tiles can also reduce back reflections.

Vacuum Table Pump

Dedicated pump for true vacuum hold down of materials on multi-function table.

Rotary Fixture

This optional fixture supports and rotates cylindrical material or parts under the beam delivery system allowing these types of materials or parts to be laser processed. This fixture can also be tilted to support tapered material.

Productivity Enhancers
SuperSpeed™

This option allows increased raster processing throughput by separating the beams from two CO2 lasers and producing two raster lines with each pass of the beam delivery system. SuperSpeed enables higher raster throughput without the wear caused by increased beam delivery travel. It also produces better laser processing results because lower processing speeds increase laser power density on material surfaces. SuperSpeed requires two CO2 lasers of same peak power and wavelength.

Platform Features


High performance servo-driven beam delivery system with dual loop encoding

Precision focusing with autofocus touch probe

Supports up to 3 lasers – two interchangeable CO2 lasers and one fiber laser

Supports fixed Z-axis with X-Y beam delivery based focusing for materials with a thickness up to 2 in (51 mm) or a motorized Z-axis with X-Y beam delivery based focusing for materials with a thickness up to 12 in (305 mm)

Selectable laser power density

Computer controlled gas assist with material collision detection

Optics protection

Camera registration

Automation interface

Multi-function material support table

21” touch screen control panel

Fire detection

Support for fire suppression

Support for Class 4 conversion

Laser Features


Air-Cooled Laser Source

Because our laser sources are air-cooled, no complicated liquid cooling systems are required.

High Reliability, Excellent Power Stability

Our laser sources provide consistent power for predictably excellent processing results.

Laser Fan Control (to reduce noise)

Universal’s lasers are all air cooled by computer-controlled fans. Fan speed is reduced or increased as a function of laser temperature, reducing noise levels when the lasers are being used on lower power settings.

Laser Pointer

A red laser pointer is installed for easy material alignment.

Patented Cross-Platform Compatibility

Laser sources can be freely interchanged between laser platforms.

Patented Free-Space Gas Slab Laser Design

Our patented laser sources use free-space gas slab resonators to produce an excellent quality beam with even power distribution and good near and far field characteristics.

Patented Pre-Aligned Laser Sources

Laser sources are pre-aligned at the factory and do not need to be internally realigned.

Smart Laser Source Technology

Because we manufacture our own lasers, Universal’s lasers can communicate their model number to the laser system CPU, allowing the laser system to automatically choose the right settings for a particular material based on available laser power.

Warranty Available Up To 5 Years

Our standard warranty can be extended for up to half a decade of coverage.

Wide Selection of Power Levels

Lasers are available at power levels from 10 to 150 watts.