MOPA Laser vs. Fiber Laser:
what are the benefits?

When we talk about LASERS, we must keep in mind three macroscopic measurement parameters:

  • Frequency (or rather the number of pulses in relation to a length of time) -> kHz
  • Power -> W
  • Speed -> mm/s (or px/s)

Laser pulses are usually fixed: with standard fiber lasers, a pulse has a duration of about 120 ns, while the pulse frequency varies from 20 to 100 kHz.

Instead, with MOPA lasers, pulse duration varies and can be set in a range from 4 to 200 ns, with a frequency ranging from 20 kHz to 1 MHz. The short pulse is especially useful for marking on plastics, as it prevents burning the material by avoiding direct contact.

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What are the benefits of a variable pulse?

The MOPA laser maintains the benefits of traditional Fiber (no maintenance, long life and air cooling) but can boast a number of added values for marking both plastics and metals.

METALS PLASTICS
Colored markings on steel
High contrast
Black marking on anodized aluminum
Greater uniformity
Less corrosion due to limited heat input during annealing of the markings
No burning
Fewer burns on the edges of the engraving
Reduced foam
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Colored markings on steel
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Black marking on anodized aluminum
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Black marking on anodized aluminum

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The initial drawback of this technology could be its price, but the difference with a traditional fiber is so minimal that it is largely compensated by its application flexibility.

However, it is worth specifying that, if we have to mark natural aluminum or die-cast products, a traditional fiber laser may be sufficient to achieve high quality results.

In conclusion, when is it worth using?

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Date: 28/04/2020

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