High performance ultrashort laser sources are now available at a reasonable cost, opening up many opportunities for machine builders and system integrators to replace less performant traditional machining methods. Advantages of laser processing are higher throughput, precision, and the ability to process ever smaller features. Typical processing applications require motion control (stages, gantries, controllers, and software). Recent advances in linking laser control and motion control allow better and more flexible synchronization between firing the laser and the exact location on the motion path. Expensive solutions with special controllers and closed system architectures have been available in the past, but now the industry is moving towards networks, such as EtherCAT, that make it far simpler to add functions and upgrade a system. The significant advantages for system integrators and machine builders now available through this level of connectivity allow them to choose the appropriate drivers, motion amplifiers, and controls for the motion system and the right interfacing for the laser, giving them simple, fast, accurate, and flexible control of their laser processing applications.
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