Champlin, Minn. – The 30th anniversary of Laserdyne and the BeamDirector family of multi-axis laser systems was celebrated in March. These systems have provided manufacturers with a tool to produce increasingly complex three-dimensional shaped components by laser cutting, drilling and welding.
"Laserdyne technology has affected the design and manufacturing of products vital to a wide variety of industries including aircraft, automobiles, medical devices and turbine engines used in transportation and energy," said Terry VanderWert, president of PRIMA North America, manufacturer of Laserdyne systems. "It has helped give birth to a number of entrepreneurial companies that have helped expand the use of laser technology. Start-up contract manufacturing companies specializing in laser processing or using laser systems for processing formed sheet metal components began by employing Laserdyne systems. Manufacturing jobs in these companies have been created as a result of this new technology - not just in America, but globally. This trend continues today."
Today, Laserdyne is demonstrating developments in control of hole size and creation of shaped holes in both uncoated and TBC coated metal at normal, minor, shallow, and compound angles independent of operator judgment. These features have proven beneficial in many designs, but most specifically aero and power generating turbine engines.
"Looking forward to the next 30 years, Laserdyne believes the trend for advanced innovation and increases in productivity will continue," reported VanderWert. "Designers, process planners and engineers, through continuous improvement programs are upgrading their designs and manufacturing operations, which results in them presenting us with new challenges.”