- Spacer fabric for upholstery (interior)
- Interior trim
- License plates
- Convertible roofs
- Lightweight components
- Insulation materials (silencers, fiberglass)
- Flexible conductors
- Air and liquid filters
- Insulation foils in the engine area (glass fiber reinforced aluminum)
- Light-refracting engravings of indirect operating and lighting elements
- Product labeling
- Passenger detection sensors (piezo foils)
- Signs/markings (brand emblem etc.)
- Self-adhesive foils (type designations, strips... exterior)
- Injection molding, sprue separation (e.g. on gear knob or Plexiglas disc in front of speedometer)
- Speedometer disc displays (functional interior)
- Blackout fabrics (curtains) for trucks or motorhomes
- Wind deflectors (sunroofs, windows)
- Wind deflectors for convertibles
- Front foils for control elements
- Back-molded plastic fittings
- Battery housings (Micanite)
- and much more
The marked advantages of laser technology can be used to particular benefit in many respects in the automobile industry. Concentrated light with ultra-precision cutting excels both in the initial design of parts and components as well as in simplified assembly with its significantly higher quality.
This applies particularly to the interior and to functional elements such as ambient lighting and fittings, trim and display instruments. A continuous reduction of component costs and assembly cycle times has enabled suppliers and manufacturers in Europe to remain competitive in a contested global market.
New, intelligent or multifunction materials can often only be finished with a laser. Non-contact cutting with no damage to the material opens up new horizons in manufacturing technology.
The question is, to what extent conventional cutting and stamping processes will continue to be pursued. The purchase of a laser machining system often pays for itself with a single annual order.