Laser Cladding

By using laser cladding or laser deposition, one material can be added to the surface of another in a controlled manner. During the scanning process of a laser beam, a stream of a desired metallic powder is fed into the beam, which deposits a coating of the chosen material on the surface. In this way, the deposited material is applied selectively, precisely, and with minimal heat input to just the right place. We offer superior material deposition solutions that meet the demands of our customers with our laser cladding technology.

  • Focused laser energy creates a melt pool on the substrate. Metal powder is blown into the melt pool as the processing head moves across the part. This creates a metallurgical bond between the substrate and the added metal. A narrow heat affected zone is achieved with minimal heat input.
  • With laser cladding wide variety of metals can be added e.g. Inconel, Stellite, Tungsten Carbide blends, Stainless Steel, Hard Chrome Replacement, Tool Steels.
  • Efficient and precise addition using the optimum laser spot and deposition rate for the job.
  • Single layer thickness 0.5mm-2mm. Multiple layers can be added.

Part Enhancements

  • Explore the possibilities of adding the RIGHT metal in the RIGHT place.
  • A part can be enhanced by adding metal with superior properties, e.g. improved wear or corrosion performance.
  • Make the bulk of your part from a more cost effective metal, and then add the performance where it is needed.
  • Create a mixed material part where the properties of different metals are required in different areas. This can reduce part count in assemblies and optimise engineering design.

Repair and Remanufacture

  • Reclaim the value in your worn or scrapped part by adding metal back on.
  • Manufacturing needs to become more environmentally sustainable. Extend the life of your tooling or components. Reduce down time and reduce consumption.

Add Features

  • Build features on a part by adding metal layer by layer.
  • Adding a small amount of metal can save a lot.
  • Start the part with a smaller billet and add the features, rather than wastefully machining away large amounts of material.
  • Can add 125 cubic centimetres of metal per hour.

Hybrid Parts

  • New design possibilities are created by bringing additive and subtractive manufacturing together.
  • Seamlessly switching between adding and removing metal in a single machine facilitates this greater design freedom.
  • Grow new thin walled parts from scratch and machine when and where required.