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Spectrum Transmission Measurement of a Fiber Laser Beam in Polymethyl Metacrylate for Laser Sintering Processing

A novel procedure is applied to evaluate the performance of Polymethyl Metacrylate (PMMA) plates as a pass through window for laser beam transmission, as a part of laser sintering machine construction. The method for laser beam spectrum transmission measurement consists basically in the exposure of a Kapton polyamide film, with the laser in a pulsed mode, in order to obtain variance diameter measurements. Measurements were analyzed in matched paired experiment levels in order to evaluate the effect of the laser beam transmission through the plates.A negligible effect of the presence of PMMA during the process was found. Selection of this polymer was then validated in performance, besides it owns transparency for purposes of process control and stable properties under harsh environmental conditions. Nevertheless, optical state of the material needs to be preserved in order to ensure consistent results in a long term

The authors gratefully appreciate the financial supports from the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the Secretary of Public Education (SEP) in Mexico that leaded to these research results. Additionally, this investigation has been partially supported by the Project DPI2013-45201-P of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness

Elsevier

Author: Monroy, Karla P.
Pupo, Yurivania
Serenó, Lídia
Ciurana, Quim de
Abstract: A novel procedure is applied to evaluate the performance of Polymethyl Metacrylate (PMMA) plates as a pass through window for laser beam transmission, as a part of laser sintering machine construction. The method for laser beam spectrum transmission measurement consists basically in the exposure of a Kapton polyamide film, with the laser in a pulsed mode, in order to obtain variance diameter measurements. Measurements were analyzed in matched paired experiment levels in order to evaluate the effect of the laser beam transmission through the plates.A negligible effect of the presence of PMMA during the process was found. Selection of this polymer was then validated in performance, besides it owns transparency for purposes of process control and stable properties under harsh environmental conditions. Nevertheless, optical state of the material needs to be preserved in order to ensure consistent results in a long term
The authors gratefully appreciate the financial supports from the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the Secretary of Public Education (SEP) in Mexico that leaded to these research results. Additionally, this investigation has been partially supported by the Project DPI2013-45201-P of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/2072/273051
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain
Rights URI: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
Subject: Anàlisi espectral
Spectrum analysis
Polimetacrilat
polymethyl metacrylate
Làsers -- Aplicacions industrials
Lasers -- Industrial applications
Title: Spectrum Transmission Measurement of a Fiber Laser Beam in Polymethyl Metacrylate for Laser Sintering Processing
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Repository: Recercat

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