Category: Laser Beam Profilers

Why and How to Profile Challenging Laser Applications

We introduce three techniques for monitoring the critical characteristics of the beam as the laser is used in three very different applications: (a) VSCEL / Laser Diode Mode and beam divergence, (b) Additive Manufacturing lasers used is 3D SLM / SLS, and (c) Fiber welding / heat treating / cleaning lasers. We will discuss three…

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Watch: BeamWatch® Integrated – Automated Beam Measurement for Industrial High-Power Lasers

The Ophir BeamWatch Integrated is an industrial laser beam profiler developed to meet the needs of material processing users. Designed for use with high-power laser beams, BeamWatch Integrated combines non-contact beam profiling of the BeamWatch family an Ophir power measurement sensor with high industrial standards in automation technology. Fully automated Beam profiling and power measurement…

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NEW! Get your Laser Measurement ‘Content Fix’ On the Go with Playter!

Thanks to our new collaboration with Summurai we can now offer you the best of Ophir’s content summarized & read to you out loud. enjoy Ophir’s most popular blog posts, white papers and articles in a more convenient way, Enjoy our best content while driving, shopping or walking your dog.

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Ophir New BeamPeek™: High Power Laser Beam Analysis and Power Measurement System for Additive Manufacturing

Our revolutionary BeamPeek At laser Munich 2022, we finally revealed our brand new BeamPeek – combined beam analysis & power measurement system specially designed for additive manufacturing chambers. As 3D SLM (Selective Laser Melting) and AM (Additive Manufacturing) systems have gained in popularity for the mass production of metallic parts, the components produced are becoming larger in…

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Here Comes the Revolution – BeamPeek, an Integrated Beam Analysis and Power Measurement System for Additive Manufacturing

We’re super proud and excited to introduce the Ophir® BeamPeek™, an integrated beam analysis and power measurement system for fast, accurate, real-time measurement of lasers in additive manufacturing chambers. Introduced at Laser World of Photonics (started yesterday), the BeamPeek system provides simultaneous beam profiling, focal spot analysis, and power measurement in just three (3) seconds.…

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Things to Remember When Setting Up Laser Measurement Equipment for the First Time

Recently, I had the opportunity to perform a product demonstration for a prospect. I’d been in field sales for Ophir for about seven and a half years from 2009 to 2016, but with the pandemic limiting customer visits over the past several years combined with a recent role change, it had been a while since…

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Terahertz Technology- New Challenges, New Solutions

Terahertz (=THz) radiation is electromagnetic radiation located between the low-frequency far-infrared and the high-frequency microwave parts of the spectrum (from 0.3 to 3 x 1012 Hz, with a wavelength from 10 micrometers to 1 mm). THz radiation is unique because it combines useful properties of both radio waves and infrared waves. THz radiation can be…

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Best of Laser Measurement 2021

2021 presented us with many challenges; now it is time for us to say – “Thank you” .Many of you participated in our online webinars, read our content, and stayed connected with us in many ways. With this Best of Laser Measurement 2021 blog post, we have collected the content that attracted the most interest from our…

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The Focal Length Divergence Measurement Method

The Focal Length Divergence measurement method is based upon the beam width of a focused beam’s spot size and the focal length of the focusing optic. The Focal Length Divergence method provides a means for finding the far-field beam divergence at any point in the beam propagation path. As shown below, the calculation performed by the BeamGage® software…

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Maintain Proper Laser Beam Parameters for Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM), including selective laser melting (SLM) and 3D printing, relies on its laser source to properly manufacture 3D-printed parts. The laser is at once the most essential element of the system, and the most vulnerable to degradation. Here are some of the malfunctions that can occur with an unmonitored laser system: Optical pass…

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Wide Beam Imager (WB-I) for 900-1700nm SWIR wavelength (SP90605)

A year ago, Ophir introduced a new product for wide and divergent beams, the Wide Beam Imager. Now Ophir is releasing evolutionary product a new version, designated for SWIR range of 900-1700nm, especially for the popular Eye Safe 1550 nm used in: Data Telecommunication Automotive Remote sensing Face and gesture recognition The new WB-I accessory…

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Blooming and Smearing in Your Beam Profile? Why It Happens and How to Fix It

When measuring your laser beam profile, you expect the measurement to be accurate, so it can be frustrating to see artifacts that are clearly not right. Before discussing how to fix it, or even when and why it happens, let’s explain what exactly bloom and smear are. What do blooming and smearing look like? Bloom…

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