Traditional methods to bend metal plates are relatively primitive and require processing afterwards. With the new high power lasers it is possible to deform metal plates very precisely. An advantage of the new method is that it prevents unwanted deformation. for thin metal sheets up to 4 mm there are positive results for use in industry. The process is called laser bending. However for thick plates (more than 6 mm), the method fails. The objective of the project is to solve the problems concerning laser bending for thick plates and the development of a prototype for the bending of metal plates with high power lasers for ship and yacht building industry, automotive industry, for prototyping of e.g. car bodies, furniture etc.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards