At Laserage, our comprehensive laser services include custom laser welding, which provides a clean and efficient alternative to traditional welding methods. The distinguishing characteristic for laser welding is precision placement of the weld, with a minimal heat-affected zone on the joined assembly.
The drawing shown here is a stainless steel faucet mixing ball that we manufacture for a nationally regarded faucet company. The component measures 1” in diameter and has an overall length of 1.5”. The customer specified a minimum weld depth of 0.009” and a minimum width of 0.030” throughout the weld which attaches the stem to the ball half. The quality of the welds is verified using 100% pressure testing.
When the customer was quoting this part, they were initially looking at offshore suppliers. However, after researching offshore options, they arrived at the same conclusion as many customers who have contacted us over the years. By focusing on quality and efficiency, we are able to provide superior parts at competitive prices with turnaround times that are simply not possible to achieve using offshore sources. By continually providing the customer with premium quality parts and reliable service, this has evolved into a long-term job for us.
Today, we produce over 500,000 of these mixing balls per year and maintain a kanban system with five-day turnaround to ensure that these parts are always readily available. We take pride in knowing that our superior laser-welded components are used within faucets that can be found in hotel bathrooms in Pennsylvania, filling-station restrooms in Arizona and state park campground facilities in Minnesota. For additional information about this custom laser welding project, see the table below or contact us directly.
Click the drawing below to view an enlarged version.
Specs: Custom Laser Welding of Faucet Mixing Ball
Custom Laser Welding of a SS Faucet Mixing Ball
Primary: Laser Welding
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
Overall Part Dimensions
1” dia x 1-1/2”
Min depth weld-.009, min width .030
In process testing/inspection performed
100% Pressure Testing
5 days/kanban release
Southern USA (TN)
Customer supplied print, 2D CAD Drawing