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Ultrasonic Welding

Ultrasonic Welding

Ultrasonic Welding

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Can dissimilar materials be welded ultrasonically (ie metal to plastic? I have searched the web and have not been able to find any discussions on this. Can anyone suggest a site or other source of info? Thanks in advance

RE: Ultrasonic Welding

I'd also be interested in reading discussions on this topic.  The plastics we use decompose at a much lower temperature than the melting temperature of the metals we use.  I'd guess that there are some low-melting point metals (maybe lead-based) that would work for ultrasonic bonding.

Tim

RE: Ultrasonic Welding

I'm certainly not an expert, but I would think that ultrasonic welding of plastic to metal would not be possible.  When you weld metal to metal the ultrasonic energy is used to break up the oxide layer on the metal so that the two metals can form a metallurgical bond.  If plastic was used, the force required to break up the oxide layer on the metal would destroy the plastic.  The only ultrasonics I have seen much of was putting metal inserts into plastic holes.  Once the ultrasonic energy was turned on, the plastic flowed out of the way of the metal like water.  Only the knurl on the metal parts held it in to the plastic, not any sort of weld.  Also, plastic was not mentioned, that I saw, in the AWS handbook ultrasonic welding section.

RE: Ultrasonic Welding

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I have not heard of metal to plastic either but was just curious if anyone else has or if it could be done. Thanks

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