Recent advances in laser machine and processing technology made possible by high power fiber lasers, new process sensors, and faster controls have led to remarkable increases in process efficiency, precision, and quality. These advances are enabling new applications for which laser processing was not previously cost effective or capable. Some of the new applications include laser cutting and drilling of composites, laser drilling of crack-sensitive alloys, and laser welding of similar and dissimilar combinations of a wide range of aerospace alloys with and without filler metal.
- Identify capability of 3D laser cutting, welding, and drilling that has come from new laser machine and processing technology
- Determine if recent advances are relevant to their manufacturing requirements
- Define an approach for evaluating the impact of new laser machine and processing capabilities for their operation