Laser cladding is simply the bonding together of two dissimilar metals with a laser. It differs from electroplating or bonding in that it is not done through chemical means. Instead, it’s achieved by pressing or rolling sheets together under high heat and then extruding them through a metal die. It’s much the same way as with ceramic or porcelain veneer, but the main difference is that instead of bonding the veneer or ceramic with a veneer, it’s bonding the metals using the heat from a laser.
Because the veneer or the ceramic has to have a certain amount of elasticity, it’s often difficult to roll it into a proper sheet, which makes this process rather tricky, but that doesn’t stop people from using aluminum foil to make a quick buck on eBay or some other website. Many people will use this foil as a way to cover the metal without having to add the veneer or any other kind of adhesive.
By using a template to cut out the shape of your metal panels, you can use the foil sheets to glue onto the surface. Because there’s a lot of heat involved, the sheets don’t stick to one another very well; the result is that the entire sheet is bonded together using a laser. This is great for a variety of reasons, such as protecting metal from warping, curing a piece of machinery before putting it away, etc. The sheets of metal used for this type of work are extremely durable and should last quite a while, if they’re properly stored and taken care of.