Automotive

Car interior and dashboard

The automotive industry utilises a diverse range of materials, including plastics, composites, textiles, leather, glass and rubber. From the smallest interior trim components to large pillars and bumpers, from windows, windscreen wipers and door seals to seatbelts and airbagsCO2 lasers can replace conventional tools throughout the manufacturing process. As new automotive technology emerges, such as the current rapid advancements in e-mobility, lasers are increasingly utilised to assist product development and manufacture. Processes include cutting, drilling, ablation and marking.

Lasers are often used in conjunction with robot systems; productivity and throughput can be improved with automated robot cells performing multiple laser processes. Laser systems produce consistent quality and low rejection rates, and have the flexibility to adapt easily to new designs.

Wireframe image of car wheel

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Applications

Car headlight and bumper

Robotic plastic cutting

Laser drilling of drainage holes in rubber seals for car doors and tailgates

Rubber cutting & drilling

Textile car seat

Textile cutting

Airbag cutting by laser
Trimming of airbag materials by laser is efficient and reliable

Airbag processing

Electric motor copper hairpins with enamel removed by a CO2 laser
Electric motor copper hairpins with enamel removed by a CO2 laser

Electric motor hairpin processing

A 2mm hole laser cut in carbon fibre composite, with virtually no thermal damage to the surrounding epoxy resin
A 2mm hole laser cut in carbon fibre composite, with virtually no thermal damage to the surrounding epoxy resin

Cutting & drilling carbon fibre composites

Battery with blue coating and heat sinks showing
Battery with blue coating and heat sinks showing

Battery casing ablation

Laser ablating busbars

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.