Laser cladding is a process that uses a focused high power laser to melt filler material (powder, wire, or strip) onto the surface of a metal workpiece. An example of laser cladding, with equipment developed by the founders of Endlas, is shown in the image to the right. Historically, this technology has been used for specialized high value low volume applications due to the high cost of equipment, lack of process knowledge, and sparse selection of filler materials. Today, this is not the case, and Endlas LC is here to usher in a new generation materials and service using laser cladding technology.
Hard-surfacing or cladding has been widely used to improve the wear, corrosion, and strength of metal parts. Traditionally, clad was deposited onto parts using methods like arc welding or thermal spray. Much like laser cladding, these methods require a heat source and filler material. However, laser cladding uses a more precise heat source that produces clean, dense, and well bonded clad layers with less heat affect. The laser heat source also allows for cladding with novel materials that in many ways outperform traditional materials. The laser cladding process uses robotic automation resulting in improved quality, repeatability, and production rates.
Endlas LC Laser Cladding
- Precise heat and material delivery
- Fully dense clad layers
- Minimal heat affect
- True metallurgic bond
- <5% dilution with the base material
- Complex internal and external surfaces
- Patent pending clad materials
- Crack-free metal-matrix-composites
- Volume production