Laser Cladding Systems

Automated systems for laser cladding create exciting new opportunities. When it comes to tool or mold making, the additive manufacturing of free form parts, the deposition of hard and wear resistant films, or the repair of complex parts, laser cladding is the method of choice.

LUNOVU adds intelligence to laser cladding. Using a proprietary technology, parts surfaces are scanned with a laser profile sensor. A surface model is computed within only a few seconds. The part can be graphically visualized, allowing the operator defining welding tracks with a few mouse clicks. The software provides an impressive support: areas or volumes to be cladded are marked with the mouse in an interactive manner. Or the system “finds” the cladding area automatically. In both cases, the rest is done by the LUNOVU software.

Using user-defined parameters and an internal process data base, it defines welding paths which are translated into NC or RC code. Additionally it may perform a collision check. Finally the laser cladding process is executed automatically.

Complete cladding systems manufactured by LUNOVU consist of a 2 to 5 axes kinematic system (optional: articulated robot), laser, optics, powder feeder and nozzle, safety enclosure and of course the control system with the integrated tool for automated planning of welding tracks. All components are carefully chosen to guarantee perfect system functionality.

Retrofitting existing equipment is an interesting option in many cases. Integrating LUNOVU’s intelligent scanning/control solution, including all required interfaces to the machine, often dramatically increases the productivity and reliability of laser cladding tools.