(UltraWELD) ULTRAfast laser WELDing of highly dissimilar materials – development of a truly industrial process

Lead Participant: Oxford Lasers Limited

Abstract

Project UltraWELD will develop photonic based processes for highly dissimilar material joining in manufacturing of complex electro optics devices for defence/aerospace applications and OLED lighting. Ultrafast (i.e. pico- or femto-second pulsed) laser welding of glass to metals is proposed as an alternative to other bonding techniques that currently fail to provide a satisfactory solution on demanding requirements for device hermetic sealing and suffer from device degradation due to outgassing of volatile components in adhesives. We will develop new ultrafast laser processes for dissimilar material joining (microwelding) and also design and build a flexible custom laser prototype machine capable of applications development to demonstrate such laser microwelding in key selected real devices at TRL level 6. The project will directly benefit all five industry partners by enabling early adoption of this technology from end users, to enhance product competitiveness by increasing reliability and in-service lifetime and reduce cost of ownership.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Oxford Lasers Limited, Didcot £505,385 £ 353,769
 

Participant

Glass Technology Services Ltd, Sheffield £123,886 £ 86,720
Centre for Process Innovation Limited, REDCAR £79,799 £ 79,799
Coherent Scotland Limited, GLASGOW £81,184 £ 40,592
Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom £278,404 £ 278,404
Gooch & Housego (UK) Limited, Somerset £124,972 £ 62,486

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