Surface preparation for automotive parts

Surface preparation for automotive parts
Metal stent cut by laser

While modern materials have many superior properties, such as high strength, low weight and attractive appearance, they have some less desirable characteristics too. For example, very smooth painted or coated surfaces generally make adhesive bonding difficult. Lasers can selectively remove coatings or roughen smooth surfaces, improving adhesion when components must be glued together.

Laser ablation offers significant advantages over mechanical abrasion.

Laser processing is faster, more precise and highly controllable. No chemicals are necessary, and no tooling is needed in order to incorporate rapid design changes.

Widely used across the automotive industry, applications include the selective ablation of painted plastic (PC/ABS) parts to enable adhesive bonding, and removal of overspray paint from car bumpers, spoilers, panels and wheel arches.

Lasers from the SR series to the OEM series may be used, depending on speed and throughput requirements.

Laser application for automotive industry
Laser cutting a metal stent for the medical industry.

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SR series

80W to 250W sealed CO2 laser sources

OEM series CO2 laser sources
OEM series CO2 laser sources from Luxinar

OEM series

450W to 1000W sealed CO2 laser sources

Applications laboratories

Could a laser be used to improve your manufacturing process? We can help you to find out by testing samples of your material or product in one of our applications labs. Our applications lab facilities are open to both new and existing customers and OEMs. Our laboratories are well equipped to carry out a range of processes including cutting, marking, engraving, drilling, scribing, ablation and more. We offer rapid sample turnaround times, detailed application reports, and complimentary advice from our experienced applications engineers. Whatever your process, we can help you to determine the best laser for your application.