Laser cladding is a process for additive manufacturing. In a closed area filled with protective gas either powder or a wire is fused by a laser to a layer out of different materials. The major advantages of laser cladding are a wide range of application and flexibility, a low melting of the base material and a high surface finishing.
Depending on the application different alloys are used. For example:
– Corrosion protection: Ni-based alloys
– High temperature applications: Co-based alloys
– Wear projection: carbide containing alloys (NiBSi, WSC)