Trotec has introduced a new line of CO2 laser sources from US-based manufacturer Iradion Laser, Inc. The resonator body where the laser radiation is generated is made of 100% ceramic – this is unique in the industry.
Benefits of the ceramic design:
Usually all-metal, and sometimes glass laser sources are used for laser processing. CeramiCore® technology redefines the basic laser source concept. The ceramic design gives tremendous benefits compared to all metal or glass lasers: there are no aluminum welds or sealings, which leak over time – this is guaranteed by the production process; two ceramic half shells are fused together to form the resonator during manufacturing and the ceramic resonator is fired at 800 degrees andthe burning process effectively cleans the interior surface immaculately.
Furthermore, all of the optical elements are glued onto the ceramic, the electrodes are mounted on the outside of the resonator and the gas is excited through the ceramic body. This means that there are no interior metal surfaces that could damage the gas mixture’s equilibrium. The result is a pure gas composition over the whole lifetime of the laser source. Longest lifetime is guaranteed.
Ceramic lasers can be operated at much greater pressures resulting in faster pulse speeds, which in turn are critical for high speed engraving and marking applications. Laser users can benefit from highest engraving quality. The electronics’ innovative architecture features a lower energy consumption, with benchmark tests showing a reduction of up to 30%.
The laser sources have been perfectly optimised for Trotec laser systems to maximise the CeramiCore® technology’s benefits.
‘We’ve tested Iradion laser sources stringently and extensively for a number of years. We wanted to assure ourselves that CeramiCore® technology is a perfect match with Trotec laser systems. Above all, the power stability of the laser sources throughout their lifetime impressed us,’ said Stephan Fazeny, head of R&D at Trotec.