Due to the positive response from users and the visibly growing demand, Fraunhofer IWS presents the next generation’s coaxial laser wire processing optics under the name "COAXwire" in the fifth year after its introduction. The Dresden Institute equipped the system with specially designed optical components, wire and media supply as well as cameras and sensors according to the application. The scientists enable monitoring of the cladding head as well as recording, processing and networking of relevant digital data as new functionalities.
COAXwire mini for filigree and complex components
Fraunhofer IWS l exhibits a completely newly developed miniaturized version at the Hannover Messe 2018: The COAXwire mini is intended to close the gap to high-precision machining, especially for applications for repairing and generating high-quality and filigree complex components. For the first time, fine wires from 300 to 600 micrometers in diameter can be processed in a machine-guided system – for certain alloys this applies to the particularly demanding range of 100 to 250 micrometers. This opens up the dimension from 200 to about 1200 micrometers structure resolution of the deposited material with complete material utilization. Following new trends in laser source development, the system’s optics are designed for the relevant wavelengths from 890 to 1100 and from 450 to 550 nanometers.
This qualifies the processing head for beam sources emitting in the green or blue light spectrum and opens up a better possibility to process materials such as copper or gold.
COAXwire with hot wire for increased productivity
With the second larger COAXwire version, which Fraunhofer IWS will present at the ILA Berlin2018, the laser wire processing head can be equipped with a hot wire module. While maintaining full directional independence and 3D capability, this option enables a 20 to 40 percent increase in deposition rate, depending on the material. In addition, the process window for efficient and defect-free processing of modern high-performance metallic materials is increased to the same extent. “Wires have always been the backbone of filler materials in welding technology,” Prof. Steffen Nowotny, head of the Thermal Coating Department at the Fraunhofer IWS, explains: ”Particularly in cladding processes, this permits the possibility to be inserted easily into the welding zone, to make full use of the wire and to protect environment, machine as well as operating personnel due to the characteristic clean processes.”
Visit us at the Hannover Messe in hall 5, booth A35 (April 23-27, 2018), and at the ILA Berlin (International Aerospace Exhibition) in hall 4, booth 202 (April 25-29, 2018).