Hi everyone! I my boss is finally convince that a laser welder
will be very beneficial to our shop. He is going to get one. But he
wants to know who to go with. We have just started researching, I
am starting here to hear any of your experiences with a particular
product good and/or bad. I am partial to Rofin, the german company
that pioneered the technology.
So what say ye?
I've got, at home, an older Siro (like the B&D), and at work, a
Baasel lasertech, which is now Rofin. Between these two, the Baasel
is perhaps the better machine, at least in terms of sophistication of
the control systems. But I can't speak about newer Siro/B&D models,
which I'm sure they have by now.
However, I recently also had the chance to work with CPP's latest
model, and I gotta tell you, they did that machine RIGHT.
Beautifully made, with exceptionally easy access to all componants
for service, and a very well laid out operator interface. If I
were, without worrying about budget (which is why I bought a used,
five year old Siro) buying a new machine, I think the CPP would get
my nod. In addition, being made in the U.S. means that parts and
service are a good deal cheaper than if you have to import the parts
from Germany. Note too, that the engineers who designed the CPP
units were originally from Baasel lasertech... You're still getting
german engineering, just a newer version, from guys who've moved to
this side of the ocean.
One other unit perhaps worth looking at is the line sold by Gold
Machinery. It's italian, and from what I can see, offers a number of
interesting features. One, for example, is that the laser beam is
delivered to the glovebox by a fiber optic cable, as is used for the
surgical ones. This means that with their most recent model, the
glovebox can be a seperate, small, benchtop unit, while the power
supply and guts of the machine are out of sight and out of the way
under the workbench. And, they use a central fiber in the fiber
optic cable to take light from a visible red HE/NE laser to project a
red dot on the aiming point of the laser, instead of the eyepiece
crosshairs in the microscope. This may offer some advantages in some
situations, since sometimes, working in recesses, or complex shapes,
the work area can be somewhat shadowed, which can make the exact
aiming point of the crosshairs a little harder to see, while a
bright illuminated aiming dot would show up easily. I don't know the
relative quality between these machines and others, but the guys at
Gold Machinery can certainly give you an idea.