OUR CORE CAPABILITIES
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
SPECIAL ABLATION PROCESS:
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
Laser stripping ablates precise layers of material and can be applied mid-span or at the end of the component. Common material substrates that require stripping include wires, cables, coils (single or multi-filar), and ribbons.
An issue with wire stripping is the variance in material layer thickness. This variance can make it difficult to precisely ablate the material away without disturbing the metal layer. To address this manufacturing challenge Resonetics has developed the ASSURE End Point Detection™ technology.
Life Science Applications
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The Lightspeed Application Development Lab is a dedicated space and set of resources at Resonetics that is focused exclusively on accelerating the launch of your newest life science technology.
HIGH VOLUME PRODUCTION
Resonetics has a long history of producing tight tolerance, laser micro manufactured components in high volumes. We have a robust quality system and production readiness program to support high volume production.
We build systems for our own use. There are times you need your own, in-house laser processing capability. Resonetics is well-equipped to meet this need through custom system design/fabrication.