Laser projection for woodworking with CNC and in the construction industry
For decades, SL Laser’s laser projectors have been used for woodworking and in the construction industry with great success. In fact, it was the positioning of freeforms on CNC machining centres that defined the market for SL Laser’s first laser projectors. Today, the ProDirector 6 is used all over the world, for example as an effective set-up aid for CNC routers. The main focus is on the exact and fast positioning of the suction cups, the workpieces and the contours for all steps of the machining or manufacturing process. In the woodworking and joinery industry, in the furniture industry and in the construction industry, laser projection with the ProDirector 6 is almost inconceivable without it.
Laser projection in the CNC machining centres.
The drawings used with all positions, outlines and guide lines are created by the cam software or the control console and delivered to the ProDirector 6 through the CNC router control unit via PC. The laser projector converts this data into a green or red laser line and projects it 1:1 onto the worktable or blank. This not only saves working time, because the creation of templates or the control runs with the tool in place can be omitted. But it also minimises errors and thus the proportion of scrap. The exact positioning of suction cups and tool also prevents damage to the suction cups or saves the need to realign the workpiece.
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Laser projection in the furniture industry
In the furniture industry, everything revolves around fast and precise work on the workpieces, and the ProDirector 6 or, in the case of on-site production, the ProDirector XS 2 play a major role. This means that laser projection can be used not only for the production of the components themselves, but also for the positioning of the fittings. The laser projectors display the contours of the fittings or battens, which are then attached and mounted by the colleagues with millimetre precision. The contours of the fittings or drill hole markings help with this. In the next step, quality control can take place and the laser projector is simply switched on for the corresponding laser projection by remote control.
Laser projection in boat building or aircraft construction
The same applies to boat building or aircraft construction. Here, you often have to work in confined spaces. In addition, there are the challenges of frequent changes of position or a lack of external power supply.The ProDirector XS2 mobile has proven its worth both for precise 3D laser projection in boat building in the cabin or, for example, for the projection of hundreds of mounting points in helicopter construction. This small, lightweight and battery-powered laser projector is quickly mounted on a tripod and receives its data via Bluetooth from the industrial tablet. As with the ProDirector 6, the customised operator software allows for comfortable and easy-to-learn handling of the laser projectors. While the ProDirector 6, mounted on rails under the ceiling of the production hall, speeds up the assembly of entire aircraft components, the ProDirector XS2 mobile can be used to work in the most awkward corners.
The ProCollector L laser measuring system for 3D measurements in interior construction
With the ProCollector L measuring system, 3D measurements, e.g. in staircase construction, fitted kitchens and yacht building, are no longer a problem. The easy-to-use device emits a clearly visible laser point with which you select the required measuring points for the drawing. By determining point and direction, the ProCollector L automatically scans horizontal or vertical courses on the wall as well as on curves. The progress of the work and the measurement data can be followed on the graphic interface. The finished drawing is saved as a DXF file and transferred to the CAD programme for further processing, for example. In the same way, the drawing can be projected onto the workpiece, the staircase or the entire building as an optical guidance system for set-up assistance and processing instructions.
Your contact to SL Laser
Would you like more information about laser projection in woodworking or construction? Please feel free to contact us. In the same way as we answer your questions about the ProDirector series, we are also happy to answer your questions about the ProCollector L measurement system. As practitioners, we also know our way around your industry and can specifically address the applications that are relevant to your business.