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ULTRA X6000

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Platform Overview

The ULTRA X6000 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, customizable 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 X6000 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 X6000 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 full advantage of MultiWave Hybrid 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 multiple laser support, rapid high-accuracy laser beam positioning, precision material-independent autofocus, controllable laser power density, an automation interface, camera registration, an integrated touch screen control panel, over temperature detection, and support for fire suppression.

Platform Specifications, Features, and Options

ULTRA X6000

TECHNOLOGIES

Camera RegistrationA feature that aligns a control file to registration marks or features on the surface of a material. Compensates for scale, skew, and perspective.
Precision Material Independent AutofocusRepeatability of ± .0025 in. (63.5 μm) using motorized focus assembly and high-resolution touch sensor.
SuperSpeed™ Technology *A patented feature that produces two focal spots (one for each laser beam) to enable the system to deliver two independently controlled raster lines at a time. SuperSpeed requires a laser system equipped with two CO2 lasers of the same wavelength and power.
Multi-Wave Hybrid™ Technology *A patented technology that enables a combination of laser wavelengths (up to three wavelengths) to be focused to the same focal point within the same focal plane and used either sequentially or simultaneously.
Rapid Reconfiguration™A patented technology that enables users to install and reinstall any supported ULS CO2 laser source onto any ULS laser system without tools and optical alignment to optimize laser processing for the widest variety of materials.
Intelligent Materials DatabaseA powerful and unique database that generates laser processing parameters for a wide variety of materials and laser system configurations. If the system configuration changes, the database automatically recalculates the parameter values.
21” Touch Screen Control PanelA fully integrated 21” (533 mm) touch panel command and control console used to control laser system operation. Eliminates the need for a separate control computer.
Automation InterfaceAn addressable device that can receive input signals and provide output signals. Enables the laser system to control external devices and allows external devices to initiate laser system functions.
Laser System Manager (LSM)An advanced user interface with a high degree of functionality and control that allows users to efficiently manage design files and laser material processing parameters.
Industry Standard Interchange Format SupportA software feature that supports industry standard graphic interchange formats including DXF, PDF, and G-Code.
Design File Relocation and Duplication ControlsA set of user controls to reposition or duplicate design files anywhere within the material processing field.
Kerf CompensationA user adjustable control that compensates for material width removed during laser cutting in order to achieve desired dimensions without changing the design file. It maintains true arc and circle geometry if present in the design.
Vector Acceleration ControlA user adjustable control to define acceleration of vector motion for each control file.
User Access AdministrationA software administration feature for managing multiple user accounts and permissions.
Dynamic Energy StabilizationA feature that maintains even laser energy delivery regardless of the speed of the motion system.
True Position Laser PulsingA feature that provides optimal laser pulse placement driven by positional feedback from synchronized multi-axis linear encoders.
Intelligent Path PlannerA comprehensive path planning algorithm that minimizes laser processing completion time.
True Width Raster ProcessingA feature that eliminates the need for motion system over-travel beyond the edges of the raster image.
Design File Geometry PreservationA feature that maintains curves in a design file, i.e., circles, ellipses, b-splines, Beziers, and NURBS, and ensures curves are kept throughout the path planning process rather than using linear interpolation.
Line Segment ReductionA user control to reduce excessive line segmentation contained in some design files.
Path Deviation ControlA user control to adjust the allowable deviation from the intended path to increase throughput.

OPTICS

Controllable Laser Power Density 4X
1X / 13X *
A patent pending feature that provides the unique ability to control laser power densities while maintaining a high degree of alignment accuracy of the focal plane with the material surface as well as a Gaussian beam distribution.

Power Densities: 1X (Optional), 4X (Included) or 13X (Optional) for 10.6 μm and 9.3 μm wavelengths; 52X for 1.06 μm Fiber wavelength (Included).

Normalized power density (watts/cm2) = power density coefficient x 103 x average laser power (watts). Normalized power density is the power of the material processing laser(s) divided by the area of the focal spot measured at 1/e2.

GAS ASSIST

Programmable Gas AssistA feature that allows the user to program gas type and flow rate on a process-by-process basis within a control file.
Optics ProtectionA barrier of clean air that protects optical components during processing.
Coaxial Gas Assist AttachmentA gas assist attachment that directs air (or gas) perpendicular to the material’s surface.
Lateral Gas Assist Attachment *An adjustable gas assist attachment that directs air (or gas) laterally or at an angle to the material’s surface.
Air Compressor *A compressed air source that delivers optimally conditioned, clean, dry, and oil-free air for optics protection and gas-assisted laser processing.

MATERIAL HANDLING

Multifunction Material Support StructureA built-in aluminum honeycomb work surface designed to keep materials stationary and in focus during laser processing. Reduces back reflection and enables exhaust of laser processing byproducts from underneath materials. Includes a full-field masking material dispenser.

Configurable using Machined Aluminum Tiles, Material Support Pins and Vacuum Booster.
Machined Aluminum Tiles *An accessory that provides a rigid and smooth work surface for laser material processing. When used with cutting processes, the compatible Material Support Pins are recommended.
Material Support Pins *A set of custom machined pins for laser cutting that can be inserted into either the Multifunction Material Support Structure or the Machined Aluminum Tiles. Pins add sufficient space between the target material and the work surface to eliminate back reflection.
Vacuum Booster *An external accessory that dramatically increases the pressure differential between the material support surface of the Multifunction Material Support Structure and ambient/atmospheric pressure to keep materials stationary.
Class 4 Conversion Module for Pass-Through *A patented technology that enables the laser system to facilitate material pass-through in compliance with CDRH and international safety regulations for operating Class 4 laser systems. This optional, add-on module converts a fully enclosed Class 1 system into an open Class 4 system.
Rotary Axis Module *An accessory that enables 360° rotation laser processing of cylinders, spherically-shaped, and tapered objects. The addressable resolution is 13 arc seconds.

AIR FILTRATION and HANDLING

Intelligent Air Filtration UAC 4000 *An external accessory that uses a patented dual carbon filter and sensor suite (for CO and VOCs) that filters out laser processing byproducts, monitors filtration performance at every stage, and alerts the operator when predefined contaminant thresholds have been reached. Connects directly to the laser system to turn filtration on and off with laser processing and communicates the status of all aspects of the UAC 4000.
Traveling Exhaust *An attachment that collects laser processing byproducts at the location of laser processing. Required with Class 4 Pass- Through.

SAFETY and FACILITY

Overtemperature DetectionA safety feature designed to disable all laser sources, home the motion system, and trigger an audible alarm in the event it detects an unusually high temperature in the laser processing area.
Safety InterlocksA safety feature that disables the laser source when access doors are open as required by all major international safety standards.
Laser Blocking Laminated Safety GlassA shatterproof multi-layer laminated safety glass with appropriate wavelength filter media. Meets laser safety requirements OD 5+ for 10.6 μm , 9.3 μm and 1.06 μm wavelength laser radiation.
Metal Enclosure with Labyrinth SealsA design feature consisting of overlapping flanges that all enclosure doors or access panels must have to prevent direct line of sight into the enclosure, as required by international safety regulations.
E-StopA highly visible standards-compliant pushbutton. Once depressed, DC power to all laser sources, the motion system, and other control mechanisms are immediately shut off, while aborting all system operations.
Fire Suppression *A patented accessory that deploys fire suppressant into the laser material processing area if self-sustained combustion is detected.
Collision DetectionA feature that immediately stops and disables servo motors In the event an obstruction interferes with the motion system from any direction or axis.
Light TowerA set of color-coded lights mounted atop a pole used to indicate the laser system status to personnel in visual proximity of the laser system.

SPECIFICATIONS

Material Processing Envelope (X,Y,Z)36 x 24 x 12 in. (914 x 610 x 305 mm)
Minimum Addressable Beam Positioning2 μm (.00008 in.) beam position addressability
Maximum Effective Raster Material Processing Speed>300 in./sec (7620 mm/sec)
[Requires SuperSpeed™ operation]
Multiple Laser SupportUP TO 3 LASER SOURCES CAN BE USED INDIVIDUALLY OR IN COMBINATION

Laser Sources Available

  • CO2: 10.6 μm 10, 30, 40, 50, 60, 75 and 150 watt laser sources
    [150 watt CO2 laser available 2021]
  • CO2: 9.3 μm 30, 50 and 75 watt laser sources
  • Fiber: 1.06 μm 50 watt laser source

Laser Sources Combinations

  • Up to (2) CO2 laser sources and (1) permanently mounted Fiber laser source

SUPPORTS RAPID RECONFIGURATION OF CO2 LASERS
Maximum Laser PowerCO2: 300 watts
[150 watt CO2 laser available 2021]

Fiber: 50 watts
System External DimensionsWidth:
63.09 in. (1603 mm) with Control Panel folded
87.75 in. (2229 mm) with Control Panel extended

Depth:
50.07 in. (1272 mm)

Height:
47.67 in. (1219 mm) to top of enclosure
74.42 in. (1890mm) to top of Light Tower
Weight550 lbs (250 Kg)
Power Requirements220V-240V/20A
Exhaust RequirementsIntelligent Air Filtration (UAC 2000/4000) or External Exhaust Blower Capable of >700 CFM at 6 in.

WG Static Pressure (1190 m3/hr. at 1.5 kPa)

6 in. (152mm) Exhaust Port
Computer RequirementsNot required; includes integrated 21” Touch Screen Control Panel
Laser Safety ClassificationClass 1 for material processing lasers
Class 2 overall due to red laser pointer
Can convert to Class 4 with optional Class 4 module
NOTESWeight is approximate and varies with laser source selection

* Denotes optional feature

Included Accessories

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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.

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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.

Benefits

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.

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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

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:

Benefits

  • 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

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

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

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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.

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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.

Benefits

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Benefits

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 Axis Module

This optional module 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.

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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.