Because of your expertise, you’ve been tasked with joining two metals that have very different properties. Which welding technique should you use, laser or percussion?

This should serve as a refresher so that you can make an informed decision.

Laser Welding

Laser welding uses a high-powered beam to melt and join metals together. The laser beam focuses on a small area, which creates a high-intensity source of heat that melts the metals. The resulting mix solidifies to create a strong bond.


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Percussion Welding

Percussion welding is a fast, efficient, and versatile process for welding different types of metals. It involves creating an electrical arc between the two pieces to be joined, which generates high-temperature heat that melts the materials. The materials are then thrust together in the percussive phase, creating a full bond between them with minimal distortion and a small heat-affected zone.


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Which One Should be Used for Dissimilar Metals?

The best technique depends on the specific metals being joined, the desired result, and the available budget.
Consider these factors before your next welding project:

There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Both laser welding and percussion welding have advantages, which is why the best technique depends on the particulars of your project. When choosing a welding technique, consider the melting point, reflectivity, size, complexity, precision, and budget.

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