Since its invention in the 1960s, the laser has been serving a multitude of industries. From aerospace applications to the medical field, the laser has opened up new possibilities for manufacturing improvements when it comes to making complex, lightweight parts. Through laser etching and welding, manufacturers have developed low-cost, highly efficient ways to produce parts using the technology.
In particular, the automotive industry has embraced laser manufacturing for its benefits. Allowing for flexibility to augment parts while still providing the consistency for mass production, the laser has found an ideal role in automotive manufacturing.
When compared to traditional methods of manufacturing, such as stamping, using a laser alternative is a more economical decision. And in today’s market that is constantly trying to reduce automobile weight and increase fuel efficiency, laser manufacturing is becoming even more prevalent as parts can be easily produced using thinner dimensions of lighter weight materials. As more companies move away from using steel components and replacing them with lightweight, aluminum counterparts, more manufacturers are looking to the benefits laser welding and cutting has when working with these lightweight materials.
Utilizing lasers in automotive production helps to drive down maintenance costs. For