Hand-held laser welding: Highest precision, fast welding and easy to learn

Manual laser welding is a technology that enables the welding of materials with high precision and efficiency. It is a form of laser welding in which the laser beam is directed onto the material to be welded via a hand guide. This technology is particularly suitable for processing thick, thin and reflective metals without causing distortion, deformation, undercutting or burn-through.

One advantage of manual laser welding is its high precision and accuracy. By using a very narrow laser beam, very precise and clean welds can be produced. In addition, hand guidance allows flexible handling and reaching hard-to-reach areas. Hand-guided laser welding is also a very efficient technology, as it allows materials to be welded quickly with minimal material loss and is easy to learn.

Another advantage of handheld laser welding is its ability to weld a wide range of materials, including metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, nickel alloys and copper, as well as alloyed materials. It is used in a wide variety of applications. These include the manufacture, repair and maintenance of products in mechanical engineering, the automotive industry, aerospace and medical technology.

LightWELD Hand-held laser welding technology from IPG

LightWELD is IPG's first handheld laser welder used to produce high quality and precise laser welded joints. LightWELD is the first handheld laser welder that utilizes the latest laser welding technology to process a variety of materials and cover a wide range of applications. The product is known for its high efficiency and ability to achieve precise and fast results. IPG is a leader in the field of laser technology. The company enjoys a good reputation for the quality and reliability of its products.

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More productivity and flexibility due to less heat input and distortion

TIG welding generates extreme heat that can deform thin materials. Copper is difficult to weld with this method, and there is limited capacity for metals of varying thickness. MIG welding requires wire that is consumed, pre-cleaning of the material, and beveled edges on thick metals to achieve a full penetration weld. The working area and possible angles are limited, and vertical positions are extremely difficult. LightWELD, an IPG product, offers an alternative to these conventional welding methods. It enables much faster welding and is easier to learn and use. For a wide range of materials and material thicknesses, it delivers more consistent and higher quality results than MIG and TIG welding with less distortion, deformation, undersize and burnout. Utilizing the latest laser welding technology, LightWELD allows dissimilar metals of varying thicknesses to be welded with little effort and produces strong, aesthetic joints with little or no wire.

Traditionelle Schweißmethoden LightWELD Laser Handschweißen
Geschwindigkeit Durchschnittlich Bis zu 4X schneller als WIG
Qualität Je nach Nutzererfahrung Ergebnisse von hoher Qualität und Konsistenz
Lernkurve Aufwending Schnell und einfach
Vorbereitung Kritisch und zeitaufwändig Minimal und schnell
Materialflexibilität Begrenzt durch Änderungen der Verbrauchsmaterialien Große Bandbreite ohne Rüstzeit
Verzerrung & Verformung Hoch Sehr gering
Wärmeeinflussbereich Groß Klein
Wobbelschweißen Nein Ja – bis zu 5 mm zusätzliche Schweißbreite
Vorreinigung Nein Ja - Entfernt Rost, Oxide, Öle und Fette
Nachreinigung Nein Ja - Entfernt Ruß, Ablagerungen und Verfärbungen