LASER MOLD CLEANING FOR THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY
As mold release agents and epoxy builds up on composite molds, manufacturers have historically turned to methods such as dry ice blasting or abrasives for an effective cleaning solution. These traditional methods, however, also come at the cost of damaging the molds, costing lots of money or taking an incredible amount of time. Abrasive methods reduce the product consistency and can potentially cause tooling or parts to be scrapped in time. Laser cleaning provides a cleaning solution for composite lay-up tooling that can quickly and effectively remove contaminant layers without damaging the substrate. Ultimately, this leads to a much quicker operation as well as a longer life cycle for the mold. Laser cleaning also comes with the added benefit of automation options. For many applications, our team of laser experts can craft a cleaning solution that integrates into your manufacturing operation, creating a more efficient process and reducing the amount of downtime needed for tooling cleaning.
LASER MOLD CLEANING FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
For automotive applications, laser cleaning is tailor-made for cleaning tools, including tire molds and the myriad of non-metallic part molds. Over time, these parts are susceptible to the buildup of release agents, epoxies, and other hard-to-clean residues. Conventional methods such as dry ice blasting or abrasives can clean these molds down to their bare materials, but not without threatening the key features of the mold itself. As more cleanings are performed, the parts gradually lose their integrity and consistency, and the mold becomes less reliable.
Laser cleaning, on the other hand, is able not only to clean these parts without damage to complex geometries, but also in a fraction of the time as other methods. This means greater consistency in quality for the parts made as well as an increased longevity for the molds themselves. For manufacturers, the payoff can be seen in quicker cleaning operations, higher levels of production consistency and a reduction in maintenance, repair and replacement costs.
LASER MOLD CLEANING FOR OTHER APPLICATIONS
Regardless of your industry, laser ablation can provide a safe and effective cleaning option for molds/tools. Whereas conventional methods such as dry ice blasting or abrasives can damage molds over time and threaten parts consistency, laser cleaning has the potential to clean in a fraction of the time without threatening any of the unique features of the tooling.
Whether you need handheld precision to target complex geometries or you need to integrate an automated cleaning system into your operations, our team of laser experts can work with you to determine if and how laser cleaning can serve your needs.