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ULTRA 9MW Specifications


Platform Overview

The ULTRA 9MW platform offers MultiWave processing for thin materials and supports one interchangeable CO2 or fiber laser source. The ULTRA 9MW is part of the ULTRA product line, which offers tailored solutions for laser material processing for the widest possible range of materials. The ULTRA series is designed and ideally suited for precision material processing in manufacturing, research and development, academic research, and prototyping environments. With its unique modular architecture, the ULTRA series, provides customizable solutions that can be reconfigured easily. A wide array of options are available for enhancing performance, capability, and safety to complete the perfect solution to meet present and future business needs.

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, and support for fire detection and suppression.

The single laser platform has a materials processing envelope of 36 x 24 in (914 x 610) with a manually adjustable three position Z-axis for materials with a thickness up to 2 in (51 mm). It supports either one 10.6 µm CO2 laser in the power range of 10 to 75 watts, 9.3 µm CO2 laser of 30, 50 or 75 watts or 1.06 µm fiber laser of 40 or 50 watts.

Platform Specifications

Processing Area36 x 24 in (914 x 610 mm)
Max Material Thickness2 in (51 mm)
Carriage Travel1 in (25.4 mm)
Autofocus Range1 in (25.4 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 Supported1
Available Wavelengths1.06, 9.3 and 10.6 µm
Max Laser Power75 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)
Weight450 lbs (204 Kg)
Power Requirements110V/10A or 220-240V/5A
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

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Coaxial Gas Assist Attachment

The Coaxial Gas Assist attachment directs flow perpendicular to the material’s surface. There are different Coaxial Gas Assist Attachments for each focusing lens; these maintain the optimal distance from the material while avoiding beam path obstruction. The Coaxial Gas Assist attachment forces air against the material and helps remove laser material processing byproducts from cutting, engraving, and marking processes.


  • Improved laser material processing
  • Increased system safety
  • Reduced maintenance
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 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.

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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.


  • 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
Universal Camera Registration (UCR)

The Universal Camera Registration (UCR) option features a camera that locates and determines exact positions of registration marks on materials. Software adjusts the predefined cut-path to fit the material.


  • Exceptional Processing Accuracy
    Substantially increases process accuracy and repeatability
  • Enhanced Productivity
    Supports both single cycle processes and automation capabilities
  • Intuitive User Interface
    The process of setting up and running camera registration is simple
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.


  • 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 import are compatible only with XLS systems
Laser System Manager

The Laser System Manager (LSM) is a user interface that controls ULS laser systems. This intuitive interface enables users to produce expert quality results. The LSM includes a Printer Driver and Direct Import Feature for uploading graphic designs. The LSM also provides an Intelligent Materials Database that calculates optimized settings for laser processing on hundreds of materials.


  • Intuitive and easy to use: allows laser cutting, engraving, and marking to be executed in three easy steps
  • Time saving features maximize productivity: Direct Import, Materials Database, Duplicate, Estimate, Storage and Organization
  • Manual Control feature allows users to enter individual laser settings for unique materials and applications, providing unlimited processing flexibility
  • Enables the Camera Registration option, which automatically compensates for a material that is misaligned or stretched, ensuring accurate processing
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.


  • Ever expanding database of laser processable materials allows users to achieve optimal results and avoid the learning curve for processing new materials
  • Gives you complete 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.


  • 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

Optional Accessories

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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.


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

ULS offers a compressed air solution that delivers optimally-conditioned air to both the Optics Protection and Gas Assist components. Additionally, the compressor controls the laser cutting, engraving, and marking equipment by supplying air only when it is demanded, reducing unnecessary wear, electrical costs and noise.


  • Clean and oil free air
  • Dry air
  • Turns on and off based on laser system requirements
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Fire Suppression

Certain materials being laser processed have the potential to ignite and continue to burn, which can cause damage. As a backup to required supervision, ULS has developed a fire suppression option that can help mitigate the potential for damage. The fire suppression module deploys fire suppressant into the laser material processing area if self-sustained combustion is detected.


  • Improved operational safety
  • Reduces or prevents damage to assets
  • Helps prevent costly downtime
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UAC 4000 Filtration System

ULS provides a line of air filtration solutions appropriately sized for each laser system.


  • Increased Safety
    The innovative, patented sensor suite monitors filtration performance at every stage of filtration
  • Improved Return on Investment
    Extremely efficient use of consumable filter media
  • Enriched User Experience
    Extremely quiet operation, industry leading ease of use, and integration with the ULS product eco-system
Traveling Exhaust

This patented option locates an exhaust duct directly on the laser beam delivery system so it remains constantly in proximity to the particulate and fumes produced during laser material processing, capturing them as they are generated.


  • Designed to work in both raster and vector modes
  • Keeps material being processed cleaner by more efficiently removing particulates
  • Reduces wear and tear on the laser system due to contamination
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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.


  • Increased material handling flexibility and productivity
  • Improved safety and reduced liability
  • Converts platform to meet CDRH and international Class 4 laser safety requirements
Configurable Cutting Table (Pin Table)

The Configurable Cutting Table consists of an anodized aluminum plate with an array of precision holes with regular spacing. Specially designed material-support pins are placed into these holes in an arrangement to fully support the target-material while avoiding the cutting path of the laser completely. The result is zero back-reflection onto the lower surface of the target-material while maintaining full material support.


  • Damage-free laser cutting
  • Consistent, clean laser cutting
Flow-Through Cutting Table

The Flow-through Cutting Table consists of a thin-wall aluminum honeycomb-core evenly supported by an underlying hollow structure. The target material is placed on the honeycomb core. When excess laser power passes the lower surface of the target material during a laser cutting process, this excess power is passed into the supporting structure where it is absorbed in an unfocused state.


  • Damage-free Laser Cutting
    Mitigates or eliminates laser damage to lower surface of target-material being laser cut
  • Consistent, Clean, Laser Cutting
    Precision-levelled table provides a path for excess laser power and for laser processing byproducts to escape
  • Enables Coaxial Gas Assist
    Expands the range of materials which are compatible with laser processing
1-Touch Laser Photo™

1-Touch Laser Photo™ is an innovative product for converting digital photographs into bitmap files that can be used to engrave the image into materials. This transforms an ordinary photograph into a professional quality engraving. Prior to 1-Touch this was possible only by experimenting with halftone screens, dithering patterns, and laser settings – an expensive and time consuming methodology.


  • High quality results
  • Broadest material compatibility
  • Intuitive user interface

Platform Features

MultiWave Hybrid™ processing with support for two interchangeable CO2 laser sources and a fiber laser

Motorized long travel Z-axis for materials with a thickness up to 12 in (305 mm)

Support for SuperSpeed™ (optional)

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

Precision focusing with autofocus touch probe

Selectable laser power density

Computer controlled gas assist with material collision detection

Optics Protection

Camera Registration

Automation Interface

All-in-one multi-function material support table

ULTRA laser system manager

Support for Class 4 conversion

21 in (533 mm) touch screen control panel

Laser Features

Air-Cooled Laser Source

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

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.

Patented Cross-Platform Compatibility

Laser sources can be freely interchanged between laser platforms.

High Reliability, Excellent Power Stability

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

Laser Pointer

A red laser pointer is installed for easy material alignment.

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.