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LaserCusing helps Rowenta let off steam

Rowenta has used LaserCusing technology to improve its steam iron technology and speed up production. LaserCusing is a method developed by Concept Lasers that can produce components with full density and minimal deformation using a different type of laser, together with specially developed exposure strategies.

The DX9100 is based on 'Intra Steam', a new method that enables ironing with pulsed steam. The steam penetrates and moisturises the textile fibres evenly thanks to short, intermittent pulses.

The LaserCusing technology generated highly complicated 3D-forms and provided the mould insert with highly effective cooling ducts. In other words, cooling ducts which could only be generated to a certain extent or at great cost, using conventional machining methods, can now be created to follow the contour of the tool insert using the LaserCusing process. 

One benefit of optimally cooled tool inserts is much shorter cycle times. The density of mould inserts produced by this method means that porosity, through which cooling water can escape, is a thing of the past. The deformation characteristics on the injection moulded parts are also minimised by the optimised tool cooling, and reworking of the tool contours can also be greatly reduced. Significant time savings and therefore cost reductions are two of the advantages of the LaserCusing process.

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