Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, laser cleaning is safer for operators and employees than other surface cleaning methods, such as sandblasting or dry ice blasting. It generates no additional waste and is environmentally friendly. It is also non-damaging and non-conductive, so it's safe for the material you're cleaning.
Although laser cleaning is one of the most effective methods for removing contaminants from metals and nonmetals, it is not appropriate for all projects. Larger surface areas may take longer to clean and may not produce the desired results because laser technology works best for small, targeted areas.
The cost of a 1000W handheld laser cleaning machine begins at $8000. The price for higher power machines come run up much higher depending on the output parameters. Sophisticated laser cleaning machinery might run upwards of $100,000
Yes and no. While the upfront cost of investment into the machinery might high, compared with other cleaning technologies, laser cleaning can save big time in the long run on consumable, environmental costs etc. So, if you are an occasional user the technology might not be for you but if you are consistent user, you might give it a serious consideration.
With laser cleaners you can clean a wide variety of materials from metal to nonmetal. Laser cleaners can effectively remove various contaminants such as rust, grease, mold, oil, paint, etc. Most suppliers list both the applications and applicable materials for the equipment they sell. If in doubt always contact the supplier.
The speed of laser cleaning is determined by the laser system and settings, the contaminant, the geometry and the thickness of the coating to be removed. The maximum cleaning rate would be approximately four-square feet per minute per mil (.001") of coating thickness.
Laser cleaning is typically used for removing rust, grease, oil, hazardous paint, and other contaminants that can impact your product.
Laser cleaning requires a pulsed fiber laser (typically 50 watts or more).
Laser rust removal, a type of laser cleaning, is an effective process for cleaning up metal parts.