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How to Manage Thermal Effects in Precision Scanning Systems

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About the Webinar

High-precision laser scanning systems incorporating galvanometers or galvo scanners have become increasingly popular for laser micromachining and additive manufacturing applications. With their high bandwidth, galvo scanners enable faster processing compared to traditional servo stage configurations.

To minimize distortions when using galvo scanners, it is critical to mitigate system heating. Even slowly changing or drifting temperatures can have a dramatic effect on system stability. However, accommodating thermal distortion in scanning systems is more challenging than with traditional, stage-based systems. The webinar will review the scanning system components most susceptible to heat and explain techniques for managing these effects.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will learn mitigation strategies, such as:

  • Working with air and water cooling on scanner mirrors (and when to use each);
  • Avoiding thermal distortion of galvanometer housings;
  • Analyzing sources of scanning system thermal; and
  • Improving stability and performance in high-dynamic scanning applications.

Who Should Attend

Researchers, scientists, engineers and managers using laser scanning systems for micron-level precision micromachining, multi-photon polymerizations, scribing and drilling applications will benefit from this webinar.

Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt is an applications engineering manager at Aerotech Inc., where he has gained 17 years of experience with advanced laser processing and micromachining. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts. You can contact Scott at sschmidt@aerotech.com or +1.412.599.6483.

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