Drilling Program Reduces Heat Input


SmartPerf is an application inspired tool for programming and laser drilling of simple to complex patterns of holes in linear and cylindrical paths in 2D and 3D parts.


SmartPerf ensures higher quality holes, both in terms of metallurgy and geometry, with the benefit of reduced cycle time for “on-the-fly” laser drilling. Higher productivity is accomplished by eliminating the need for acceleration and deceleration at each hole location when comparing “on-the-fly” laser drilling to standard percussion laser drilling.


On-the-fly drilling with SmartPerf is a proven process for percussion drilling small diameter (0.2 to 0.6 mm) holes in turbine engine combustors. Thousands of holes can be produced quickly over a 3D surface in a single setup.


SmartPerf is also used for producing patterns of holes involving both trepanning (cutting) and standard percussion drilling (move to a location and create the hole by delivering a sequence of pulses) in addition to on-the-fly drilling.


With SmartPerf, complex patterns involving non-uniform hole spacing and varying hole size are easily produced.  Quality is enhanced because SmartPerf reduces heat input to the workpiece. When used in conjunction with Laserdyne SmartPierce, the process produces less debris, less heat and less part distortion.



  • Reduces heat input to the work piece
  • Reduces delamination of thermal barrier and other coatings on metal components
  • Expands the range of applications for which laser drilling is economical
  • Higher throughput from on-the-fly drilling by eliminating acceleration and deceleration at each hole location.
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