Smart optical writing head design for laser-based manufacturing

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Amin, M. Junaid
Riza, Nabeel A.
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Proposed is a smart optical writing head design suitable for high precision industrial laser based machining and manufacturing applications. The design uses an Electronically Controlled Variable Focus Lens (ECVFL) which enables the highest achievable spatial resolution of writing head spot sizes for axial target distances reaching 8 meters. A proof-of-concept experiment is conducted using a visible wavelength laser with a collimated beam that is coupled to beam conditioning optics which includes an electromagnetically actuated deformable membrane liquid ECVFL cascaded with a bias convex lens of fixed focal length. Electronic tuning and control of the ECVFL keeps the laser writing head far-field spot beam radii under 1 mm that is demonstrated over a target range of 20 cm to 800 cm. Applications for the proposed writing head design, which can accommodate both continuous wave and pulsed wave sources, include laser machining, high precision industrial molding of components, as well as materials processing requiring material sensitive optical power density control.
Industrial machining , Programmable optics , Laser-based cutting , Optics manufacturing , Laser development , Laser applications
Amin, M. J. and Riza, N. A. (2014) 'Smart optical writing head design for laser-based manufacturing', SPIE Proceedings, 8967, Laser Applications in Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Manufacturing (LAMOM) XIX, 89671D (6 March), doi: 10.1117/12.2038352
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