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Laser ablation is the process of selectively removing material from a solid material by irradiating it with a laser beam. At Resonetics, we use many different laser tools – excimer, and solid state (nanosecond, picosecond, and femtosecond) systems to ablate glass, metal, and polymer materials.

WHY USE Laser Ablation?

For the life science industry, laser ablation can be applied in different ways.

Ablation is best applied to the following applications:

  • Geometrical features smaller than mechanical machining or molding
  • Materials requiring:
    • Non-contact processing
    • Fine feature control (down to single microns)
    • Controlled and selective layer removal (sub-micron accuracy)
    • Limited to no heat input
  • Quick prototyping with a path to low cost production

Some ablation examples include:

  • Wire and braided cable stripping
  • Surface texturing
  • Channel machining
  • Taper machining
  • Coating removal
  • 3D ablating

Ablation can meet the following specifications:

  • Create features as small as to 1-5 um
  • Process multiple materials types – polymers, dielectrics, metals, ceramics, and glasses
  • Process multiple material configurations: flat sheet, wires, tubes, and catheters:
    Flat sheet size can be up to 12”x12” with a thickness of 0.004” – 0.040”
    Wires, tubes, and catheters can be as small as 0.002” diameter with 0.040” – 80” length, and multi-lumen


Wire & Braided Cable Stripping

Ablation can be applied to remove polymer layers from metal substrates. This type of ablating is also known as stripping. Stripping is often applied for two reasons:

1. To expose underlying metal surfaces for joining processes
2. To create electrodes used for sensing or ablating


Polyethylene • Nylon • PMMA • PVA • PEEK • Polycarbonate • ABS • PEN • COC/COP • Polyimide • Polyurethane • Silicone • PET • Polystyrene • Thermoplastic Elastomers • Fluoropolymers • Polypropylene • Parylene• Polysulfone
Alumina • Zirconia • PZT • Silicon Carbide • Aluminum Nitride • Tungsten Carbide
Borosilicate • Sapphire • Diamond • Ruby • Pyrex • BK7 • Soda Lime Glass
Poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA) • Polycaprolactone (PLC) • Polyglycolic Acid (PGA)
Stainless Steel • Tantalum • Tungsten • Tungsten Carbide • Nitinol • Cobalt • Platinum • Molybdenum • Titanium

Life Science Applications

  • Bioresorbable scaffolds: Blind wells for drug reservoirs
  • Balloons: Surface treatment for improved adhesion; wall trimming to improve device access; blind wells for drug elution
  • Delivery catheters: Skiving for flexibility, skiving outer lumens for better access, torque control, drug reservoirs;  texturing for improved adhesion; tipping for easier insertion
  • Wires for Pacemakers, ICDs, electrophysiology: Strip coatings to expose electrodes
  • Guide catheters: Strip coatings to improve flexibility
  • 3-D marker band creation
  • Catheter: Blind wells for drug reservoirs
  • Interventional delivery systems: Taper machining
  • Wires, catheters, flexible circuits: Strip coating to expose electrodes for stimulation; strip wire coatings to permit soldering or induce device detachment
  • 3-D marker band creation
  • Neuro stents: Blind wells for drug reservoirs
  • Peripheral stents: Blind wells for drug reservoirs
  • Balloons: Surface treatment for improved adhesion; wall thinning to reduce outer dimensions; blind wells for drug elution
  • Catheters: Skiving for flexibility, greater access, torque control, drug reservoirs; texturing for improved adhesion
  • 3-D marker band creation
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Strip coatings to expose electrodes for sensor reaction; sharpening needles to minimize intervention
  • Insulin Delivery: Surface treatment to improve adhesion
  • Lab-on-a-chip: Blind wells for miniature bioreactors, blind etch micro channels
  • Biosensors: Selectively ablating coatings to expose electrodes for sensor reactions
  • Biochip: Coating removal for DNA probe attachment
  • Glaucoma, cataract treatment: Blind wells for drug reservoirs
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

  • Bioresorbable scaffold: blind wells for drug reservoirs


  • Surface modification of spinal cages to reduce cellular growth

Minimal Invasive Surgery

  • Delivery Catheters: skiving for flexibility, skiving outer lumens for better access, torque control, drug reservoirs; texturing for improved adhesion; tipping for easier insertion
  • Guide Catheters: strip coatings to improve flexibility

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