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ES Technology is the UK and Ireland distributor for Concept Laser’s Lasercusing machines, including the Mlab. The Lasercusing process is becoming a popular manufacturing method for prototypes and production-level components; it also allows the manufacture of hybrid components with dissimilar materials.

The machines produce intricate geometries and profiles in a variety of materials on components for the aerospace, automotive, medical-device and mould-tool sectors, for example.

ES Technology has been demonstrating the capabilities of the process to manufacture hybrid parts at its facility in Daventry. It utilises the Mlab machine in these demonstrations, which serve to show companies the potential applications and benefits of the technology for their businesses.

Lasercusing demonstration

  • In a recent example, an intricate bronze lattice was built upon stainless steel washers, superglued to a base plate, illustrating the potential for adding a fine filter mesh to components such as pump housings.
  • First, the stainless steel washers glued to the baseplate are roughly measured to establish their centre positions. Using Magics software, the CAD STL model for the bronze lattice top is imported and the rough positions used. The build platform is located on the machine and the CAD slicing program is then imported.
  • The bronze powder is then loaded and levelled to the top of the stainless steel washers, establishing the Z start position. The laser in low-power mode is used to produce a ‘ghost layer’, which allows the verification of positional accuracy prior to the commencement of the build process.
  • On completion of the build process, the unused bronze powder is sieved ready for use in the next cycle and the finished parts are easily removed from the build platform.

ES Technology Ltd is an Oxford company with a 22 year history of manufacturing laser-based manufacturing equipment and providing a range of associated services and products. Our four business units are. Design and build of special purpose laser systems. We use a range of industrial lasers to provide customers with turnkey machines for laser marking, cutting and welding.Systems incorporate handling such as robot, conveyor or bowl-feed; motion and control elements such as XY/rotary tables and of course the appropriate laser and beam delivery for the job.Control is via PC/PLC and dedicated front-end software provides the human interface and integrates barcode readers, vision, etc as required. Laser jobshop.We use 10 laser systems to provide laser marking on a subcontract basis on plastic, metal, ceramic or wood.Products and components receive logos, serial numbers, barcodes and other functional marks.We also perform fine metal cutting and microperforating services. Distribution of rapid prototyping/rapid manufacturing systems.ES is the exclusive UK distributor of Concept Laser LaserCUSING systems which make parts in titanium, aluminium, stainless or tool steel and inconel directly from 3D CAD designs by additive layer build. Optical components.Laser diodes, safety eyewear and acousto-optic components/wafers are distributed.

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