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BOLD™ approaches laser integration beginning from material science. We start with the plasma physics and carefully select an appropriate optical beam delivery and laser to meet the required production goals. From the material interaction the team begins its development of specialized material handling, fixturing and automation. It should be noted that Health and Safety is dovetailed into this development, striving for greater performance by improving safety, productivity, competitiveness, sustainability, and overall profitability of our clients. This material first approach ensures that operators or production workers who tend our machines are safe as material are either ablated or evaporated. BOLD™ views this approach as an opportunity to deliver customers true value and a competitive edge.
BOLD™ provides laser integration for both standalone turnkey processes and for existing production line applications where laser processing may deliver throughput or quality improvements.
BOLD™ dedicates itself to the fundamental goal of seamlessly implementing laser technology to improve quality, speed, reliability, and repeatability of laser-based processes that our customers deploy into their production lines.
BOLD™ offers laser system design solutions that tailor the laser beam, such as laser beam shaping to increase efficiency.
BOLD™ specializes in product fixturing to meet the requirements for optimum material interaction to drive the highest quality, balanced against the fastest throughput.
Laser Process Development
BOLD™ Laser Process Development group offers process development capabilities with solutions that include Diode Pumped Solid State Lasers (UV, IR), Fiber (1030-1080 nm), CO2 (9.3 and 10.6 micron) and ultrafast lasers (Picosecond/Femtosecond – 1064nm and 532nm). BOLD™ optimized process techniques include debris extraction techniques, sacrificial coating technology, tooling and fixturing, laser beam shaping (flat top and multibeam) as well as vacuum, microwire handling systems and dynamic beam scanning. With integrated NC controllers and laser beam scanning, we can mimic production quality for seamless transfer to production quality systems built at our facility
Laser Glass Cutting
Glass cutting can be accomplished in many ways. CO2 Laser, Direct ablative and Filamentation. BOLD™ Laser Automation, entered the filamentation market with a 2.1 m x 1.9 M cutting tool, the GS9000 is 2018. In 2019 the LGC3626 was introduced, offering a working area of 3.6 M x 2.6 M and a price tag well within standard NC glass tools. Filamentation is unique, in that it utilizes a specific form of internal glass modification, which utilizes the very high-power densities achieved with focused, ultrafast lasers. In this case, the high laser intensity produces self-focusing of the beam due to the utilizing nonlinear Kerr optical effect. This self-focusing further increases power density, until, at a certain threshold, a low-density plasma is created in the glass substrate.
This plasma lowers the material refractive index in the center of the beam path and causes the beam to defocus. If the beam focusing optics are properly configured, this focusing/defocusing effect can be balanced to repeat periodically and form a stable filament which extends over several millimeters in length within optically transparent glass. The typical filament diameter is in the range of 0.5 µm to 1 μm.
Filamentation is a precision process which offers unique properties for the glass for products used in architectural, automotive and display markets, delivering speed, higher edge and cut qualities, and higher yields.
BOLD™ is a value-added developer of Universal Robotic systems for automated material handling and assembly processes found in NC Machining Applications for feeding raw materials. BOLD’s™ modular platform offers customers an opportunity for greater efficiency and our flexible design produces at a much more competitive price that allows our customers quicker return on investment (ROI).
Utilizing flexible, lightweight robots from Universal Robots (UR), clients have a tool capable of optimizing everywhere within their manufacturing environment. This is also enhanced by the fact that a Cobot can operate cooperatively with traditional workers without traditional safety guarding, solving restricted space challenges.
UR robots carry out machine tending mainly on CNC machines, enabling the agile manufacturing demanded by manufacturers as the robots are easily adjusted to constantly changing material specifications. Another tangible benefit of the UR robots is the fact that one operator can keep a cell with eight CNC machines running at a time whereas before the maximum was three. As a result, a three-shift operation could benefit from a reduction of 1.5 employee per cell per shift. This technology doesn’t replace employees, it allows employees to tackle newer tasks that promote the bottom line, which offers a chance to increase business. Ask for a BOLD™ quote for its standard NC Tending Solutions.
BOLD’s™ engineering capabilities allow us to support our customers’ projects from concept to pilot production, then all the way to scaling up for full-scale production. The BOLD™ Product Development Process utilizes a phase-gate approach to ensure all design, manufacturing, health & safety, regulatory, and quality requirements for a process or engineered system or tooling is met. The BOLD™ Product Transfer Process allows us to support full project and equipment transfers to our customers and business partners.
- Material Interaction Studies
- Laser Process Development
- Tooling, Jigs & Fixturing (Static and Functional Testing Jigs and Fixtures)
- Production Line Integration
- Tooling / System Upgrades
BOLD has invested in state of the art metrology with the addition of a DSX1000 Digital Microscope from Olympus. With the ability to optically measure features sizes from 12.5 mm (~0.5”) down to 0.005 mm (~0.0002”) the DSX1000 provides the level of precision, repeatability, and resolution for nearly all of our applications. BOLD Metrology offerings also include cross-sectioning, polishing, scanning electron microscopy and stereo microscopy.