3-Axis Scan Head

Engineered by Cambridge Technology and ARGES, Firefly 3D is our next generation 3-axis scan head designed for Laser Powder Based Fusion (LPBF) machines in additive manufacturing applications. Firefly 3D is an enclosed, compact solution designed to enable multiheaded machine architectures with up to 100% overlap. Incorporated within the design are features to simplify installation and operation including features such as precise monitoring of the additive manufacturing process and synchronized process and motion data.

Key Features

  • Dedicated high fidelity optical process monitoring ports
  • High performance digital scanning architecture based on our Lightning™ II technology
  • Integrated sensor data collection and aggregation
  • Hermetically sealed optical chamber
  • Compact form factor
  • Flexible laser coupling solutions
  • Process control toolkits to support development of custom real time process control solutions

Additive Manufacturing

Smart Process Monitoring
Designed for LPBF machines, the Firefly 3D features intuitive process monitoring and control capabilities enabling real time changes to scanning operations and better control over the finished parts microstructure. 

Power and Speed on Demand
Achieve unparalleled control over the process with our laser controller, ScanMaster Controller which incorporates trajectory control algorithms, enabling higher performance and speed.

Simplified Integration
Thanks to our enclosed solution, users can achieve faster installation with pre-programed configurations designed for your specific system.

Reduce Cost of Ownership
Achieve mass production through multi-architecture environments enabled by the Firefly 3D’s flexible configuration options, helping reduce overall cost of ownership.



1050 nm - 1090 nm

Laser Power

max. 1100 W

Input Clear Aperture

20 mm

Laser Power / Process Monitoring

Laser Power Monitoring Port | Optional Power Sensor
Process Monitoring: 450 nm - 950 nm | 1200 nm - 2000 nm

Dimensions (L x W x H)

290 mm x 255 mm x 140 mm 


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Novanta develops photonics solutions through our globally recognized brands, ARGES, Cambridge Technology, Laser Quantum and Synrad, specializing in cutting-edge components and sub-systems for laser-based diagnostic, analytical, micromachining and fine material processing applications. 

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