Thin Material Micromachining-Cutting
Laserod Provides Job Shop Services or Laser Tools
Slotting, Grooving, or Scribing Thin Materials, Metals & Polymers
Simple or Complex Shapes
Many laser job shops have difficulty cutting and drilling thin metals, Laserod does not. One of our many specialties is the cutting and shaping of thin metals. Try us and see! The thinner the material, the better. Our use of single mode lasers ensure minimal thermal distortion. Our range of laser cut widths (kerfs) is 10-50 microns.
See also Hole Drilling.
Guidelines on Laser Micromachining Thin Materials
Some guidelines for machining thin materials at Laserod include:
- Max Depth: up to 3mm
- Min Depth: none
- Typical Depth: 0.5mm
- Kerf Loss: 10-25 microns (width of laser cut in any material)
- Laser Debris: entrance side only, none on laser exit side. Debris field is an easily removable haze; the debris has no adhesion.. If desired, remove with Q-tip, styrofoam, DI water, ultrasonic cleaning, etc. We can do this if you prefer.
- Laser ablation of metal creates a hazy residue of redeposited metal, but only on one side. The particulates are submicron in size.
- Whatever your requirements for laser processing thin metals, we are pleased to discuss it with you. Please call, e-mail or fax.
Some Examples of Micromachining by Laser
Small Part Machining
This small part, having a diameter of 2 mm, is cut out of thin stainless steel of thickness 125 microns (0.005″) and is representative of Laserod’s fine quality work.
Copper Micromachining by Laser
This copper part has a diameter of 25mm. The width of each of the 6 arms is 125 microns. Thickness of the entire part is also 125 microns. This demonstrates our ability to pattern, to cut without thermal damage and to laser cut with precision.
Precision Laser Micromachining of Magnetic Metal Tips
High accuracy cutting on thin material such as this represents a highly specialized laser machining operation. Radius of curvature of the tip is 25um. Laser spot size was 10um.
Aluminum Micromachining by Laser
A small sample of the thousands of these dime sized parts we have produced.
Large quantities are welcome
Laser Micro-machined CVD Diamond
Laser Machining Ceramic/Alumina
Slots micromachined in ceramic/alumina by Nd:YAG Laser