I. Jones, TWI Ltd, UK
Lasers may be used for rapid and reproducible welding of plastics. The principles of plastics welding and direct and transmission laser welding for plastics are described. The equipment variations and process parameter effects are discussed and guidance for practical application of the technique is provided. Typical application areas are summarised.
Welding of plastics is of practical importance in many automotive, medical and electronic packaging applications. There have also been developments in textile joining, and in joining ...