Femtosecond laser processing allows cutting, drilling with no thermal damage

February 11, 2014

LSA Laser has added femtosecond laser processing capabilities for medical device manufacturing. The lasers can drill and cut high-precision holes and shapes free from thermal damage, the company reports.

The ultrafast laser system vaporizes matter without HAZ, making it suitable for use on advanced microdesigns and difficult-to-process metals. It also can cut multiple layered materials at once or drill and cut microshapes. With the laser, the company processes a variety of materials, including platinum and stainless steel.

The new system was custom-designed to be flexible and suitable for on- or off-axis cutting and R&D or volume applications. It can handle both flat stock and tube cutting on the same system with minimal setup.