Once upon a time, eyeglasses were repaired using traditional methods such as solder and fusion welding. Enter the fast-growing technology of manual laser welders, which allow repairs to be performed quickly and inexpensively. LaserStar Technologies offers a range of these machines, all manufactured in the U.S.A.
Laser welding became applicable to eyeglass repair thanks to the development of the "free-moving" concept, in which a stationary infrared light pulse is targeted through the internal cross-hairs of a stereo-microscope. The pulse, which is activated via foot pedal, can be controlled in both size and intensity. This allows for welds at pin-point accuracy, eliminating the need for costly fixturing devices while increasing the range of assembly and repair applications. Some systems also offer the option of a cover gas, such as Argon, to ensure a homogeneous weld while preventing any discoloration or contamination.
Although a solid understanding of the metallurgic properties of the materials being welded allows for machine operators to take full advantage of the system's potential, most operators can learn to use laser welding machines within a few hours. An experienced technician can typically repair the broken item within minutes.
For more information on LaserStar's line of manual laser welders, including sample eyeglass repair photos, click here.