Laser cutting is an alternative to the mechanical removal of sprue from injection molded parts. For this purpose, 200 Watt and 400 Watt CO2 lasers are used. The advantage of the process is
its flexibility and low operating costs. There is virtually no wear.
Nowadays, mass products made of plastic are often produced by injection moulding. Moulded parts such as acrylic panels are also pressed into moulds by injection moulding. For production reasons,
sprues remain in the mould, which must be separated in a separate operation. The simple demolition is usually too messy. If the residues are removed by machining, particles are always produced
which adhere to the workpiece due to the static charge and make further processing difficult or even prevent it. This makes reworking necessary, which in turn is associated with costs. Laser
cutting offers an ideal solution for this, whereby the entire process can be fully automated.
SK LASER offers suitable solutions for this purpose, consisting of laser and robot, which have been developed with leading manufacturers in the industry. The laser has been integrated into the
production, the entire system works fully automatically. The workpieces are provided from the upstream step in a tray and taken over by a robot. This robot guides the injection moulded part into
the laser and positions it exactly. The robot moves the injection-moulded part in interaction with the laser and its controller. In doing so, the sprue is cut off true to shape and a clear edge
is created which does not need to be reworked.