A clear benefit of knowing the M2 of your laser is getting a lot of information about beam quality all in one number.
As simple as the output is, it is harder than you may imagine to measure and calculate M-Squared.
Let’s take a quick look at the theory behind M2 to see how it can be measured.continue reading
Lasers are amazing. They can cut or weld, drill or solder. A very general application of laser materials processing is called laser marking. This can refer to a host of processes, like: etching, engraving, ablating, etc. Here’s a question I never considered: How can you be sure that your laser will mark the wood (or…continue reading
A pulsed laser could have an average power of, say, 1 Watt, yet a peak power of 1 Megawatt – so when specifying it’s rather important to understand the difference! Contact uscontinue reading
With all of today’s technology, we are drowning in data. I know this is true in fields like marketing and running a business, and I’m sure it rings true with measuring your laser as well. There are all sorts of things you can measure, but it’s never worth measuring something unless you plan on…continue reading
What’s the one quality you need to be a great scientist? Intelligence? Diligence? If you ask Ephraim Greenfield, co-founder of Ophir, he’ll probably tell you it’s a mixture of luck and being willing to just go ahead and try something. Contact uscontinue reading
Unlike a traditional thermal sensor which is basically just used for power, the BeamTrack sensor can measure several different aspects of your laser. We also call them power/position/size sensors, since those are the three fundamental functions of a BeamTrack sensor. But it doesn’t have to stop there. Yes, if you need to measure your beam…continue reading
Spiricon’s ModeCheck enables quality cutting, marking, drilling, and ablating. Instantaneously “see” your beam and reduce set-up time between jobs. ModeCheck provides real-time “mode burns” – eliminate hazardous acrylic vapors. Optimize your laser’s efficiency: reduce cost per part, predict laser preventative maintenance, increase manufacturing efficiency. Contact uscontinue reading
I wish I could tell you that there is one super-profiler, and it will profile any laser with 100% accuracy! Of course that’s a pipe dream. There are tons of different laser types, so it stands to reason that we’ll need several different profilers to cover the range of lasers. There are cameras and scanning slit…continue reading