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Laser Cladding

Laser cladding can be applied to high-volume surfacing, complex geometries, irregularly-shaped parts, multidimensional profiles, and threaded areas.

The damaged surface area of the component is machined to precise specifications in preparation for the Laser Cladding process.

Laser Cladding Advantages

  • Selective hardness ranges
  • Various levels of corrosion resistance
  • Matching substrate chemistry
  • Minimal inter-metallic dilution
  • Low heat input
  • Low thermal distortion
  • Narrow heat-affected zone
Swanson Industries Laser Cladding

The machined component is sent to one of Swanson’s laser cladding facilities.

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With the cladding process complete, the component is machined to OEM specifications, finished and inspected.

Swanson maintains four high-powered fully automated laser cladding systems with size capabilities of less than 1″ in diameter to 48″ in diameter and up to 80 feet in length.


This high density, low thermal input process can apply a multitude of surface coatings at specified chemistry with minimal heat effect and dimensional distortion.

Swanson’s component specifications for Laser Cladding:

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80 feet long

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48 inches in diameter

Pounds Weight Icon

40,000 pounds

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1 inch min. diameter

Exact dimensions available upon consultation

Inside Diameter Restoration, Gear and Irregular Shape Restorations

Swanson’s highly capable laser cladding stations can perform Outside and Inside Diameter Restoration, Gear and Irregular Shape Restorations.

Laser Cladding can also be utilized to resurface worn or damaged cylinders, rolls and pistons to prime working condition.

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Highly-Engineered to OEM Standards for Rigorous Applications in the Mobile, Industrial, Marine and Offshore Markets

Austenitic Stainless Steels Corrosion resistance and welding 309L | 316L | 347 20-22 HRC
Cobalt Based Corrosion and high-temperature wear resistance Alloy 6
45-50 HRC
28-33 HRC
Precipitation-Hardening Stainless Steel Corrosion and wear resistance 17-4 P-H 33-38 HRC
Martensitic Stainless Steels Wear resistance 410L/410
38-42 / 44-46 HRC
50-55 HRC
50-53 HRC
Nickel-Based Alloys Corrosion resistance Inconel 625
Inconel 718
C-22 | C-276
22-25 HRC
22-25 HRC
< 24 HRC
Tungsten Carbide Abrasive wear resistance 60% WC in Nickel binder 74-76 HRC
Advantages Laser Clad HVOF PTA
Metallurgical Bond Yes No (mechanical) Yes
Low Dilution < 5% < 10%
Heat-Affected Zone HAZ 0.020”- 0.040” typical 0.080” – 0.100”
Minimal Distortion Yes Yes More than laser
Laser Max Diameter Max Length Max Weight
14 kW CO2 40 inches 58 feet 40,000 lbs
12 kW YAG 48 inches 80 feet 40,000 lbs
8 kW CO2 36 inches 120 inches 2,000 lbs
12 kW YAG 25 inches 72 inches 1,200 lbs

The alloys listed above are commonly applied. Please contact us to inquire the application of any alloy not listed.