Sheet Metal Forming
Tools in contact with sheet material can suffer from excessive wear, particularly in places where there are high contact stresses and relative sliding motions. Laser hardening is ideally suited for contact surface hardening of these tools, with precise local application and short treatment times. This leads to minimum heat input and significant reduction or even elimination of the tool distortion and reliability issues that can occur during flame or induction hardening. Because the laser equipment is very flexible, it can be used to harden a wide variety of tool shapes and sizes.