Laserod Micromachining Services

For over a generation, Laserod and its predecessor companies have provided laser micromachining products and services to many of the largest industrial corporations and most prestigious universities in the world.

We assist companies in a broad variety of industries with their low-to-high production needs.

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What are Micromachining Services?

Laser micromachining is playing a crucial role in the manufacture of today’s electronic components as technology shrinks devices in size for improved performance and higher efficiency.

Whether it be computers, medical devices, phones, or automotive components, the demand for ever smaller parts increases yearly by double digits.

Simply put, micromachining is the removal of small amounts of material by something other than a sharp-edge tool.

With lasers of the full range of wavelengths and rep rates, Laserod can machine materials as thick as 3mm and create features as small as 5-50 microns on nearly any thin material such as silicon wafers, plastic tubes, glass, metals, or ceramic.

Among the numerous advantages of laser micromachining are the following:

  • minimal heat effect
  • closer tolerances
  • rapid cycle times
  • virtually no tooling cost
  • high surface finish and edge quality

Laserod is highly regarded for taking on demanding jobs for cutting-edge clients, including some of the world’s most highly regarded universities, aerospace companies, and medical instrument manufacturers.

For higher volume clients, we take pride in our many decades of building both standard and custom laser systems. So, from concept to volume production, Laserod has the facilities, experience, and flexibility to meet your laser micromachining needs.

Our Services

The increasing demand for smaller and more precise components in various industries has led to the development of laser micromachining services.

These micro-precision machining services use high-precision lasers to fabricate tiny components with high accuracy.

Laserod provides a variety of precise micromachining services, including:

Laser Cutting

This process uses laser beams to cut through various materials with extreme precision. Our micro laser cutting services are commonly used for creating a vast array of thin and precise components such as stencils, filters, microelectronics, and medical instruments.

Laser Drilling

Laser drilling uses high-powered lasers to create small holes in materials with minimal heat damage. This process is ideal for exact specifications of a diameter of less than 1mm.

Laser Ablation

This process involves using laser beams to remove material by vaporizing it from the surface of a component. It is commonly used for creating microfluidic channels and other complex components.

Laser Marking

Laser marking uses high-powered lasers to change color, creating a permanent marking or label. This can be used as a means of identification or product branding on various materials, including metals, plastics, and ceramics.

The Benefits of Using Micro Cutting Tools

The use of micromachining services has been a preferred process in many industries because of the range of benefits it provides. These include:

Precision

Laser micromachining services make it possible to produce micro components with its extremely precise cutting and drilling, with accuracy down to a few microns.

Versatility

It can be used on various materials in micro-manufacturing services including metals, ceramics, glass, plastics, and more.

High-quality surface finish

The process produces a smooth and clean edge, resulting in quality components without the need for additional finishing processes.

Efficiency

Micromachining is highly efficient, with little material wastage compared to traditional cutting methods.

Minimal heat damage

Because lasers produce minimal heat, they are ideal for delicate materials and minimizing thermal stress on the components.

Low tooling costs

The use of laser technology reduces production costs by eliminating the need for expensive tooling.

Industry Applications

Micromachining has diverse applications across several industries due to its ability to manufacture complex components at the microscale.

Some of the key industries and applications include:

Electronics

Electric components like microchips and semiconductor components continue to shrink and the need for high-precision manufacturing has made laser micro-cutting a crucial process.

Medical devices

Laser micromachining is used in the fabrication of medical instruments such as implants, stents, catheters, and other devices that have intricate characteristics.

Aerospace

This process is used to precisely cut materials like titanium and composites and to produce parts like miniature sensors, actuators, and components for microair vehicles.

Automotive industry

Micromanufacturing is an important process in the automotive industry for creating precise, small components used in fuel injection systems, sensors, and microgears.

Telecommunications

Micromachining processes are used to manufacture miniature components in communication devices, optical switches, and more.

Industries We Work With

Aerospace & Defense

The aerospace industry relies on us for manufacturing components that require extreme precision. Our lasers are used for cutting and engraving specialized aerospace materials, contributing to the innovation in aircraft and spacecraft design.

Automotive

We specialize in crafting flex circuits, etching defrost circuits, precision trimming of resistor sensors, detailed etching on side mirrors, and a variety of other critical automotive processes. Our technology ensures precision and efficiency in these essential manufacturing steps.

Our Biotech and Medical Laser cutting services

In the medical field, our lasers are used for creating precise components for medical devices and surgical instruments. These applications demand the highest standards of accuracy and reliability, which femto lasers can provide.

Semiconductor Lasers

In this field, our lasers aid in the fabrication of sensitive components. These components require meticulous attention to detail to ensure accuracy and functionality.

Solar

We contribute to the solar energy sector by scribing photovoltaic cells. Our femto lasers allow for fine patterning, which is essential for efficient solar cell design and production.

Telecommunications

In micro-electronics, our lasers play a critical role in circuitry design and fabrication. From cutting thin films to etching micro-scale patterns, our technology meets the exacting demands of this industry.

Touch Panel Displays

For touchscreen fabricators, our femto lasers cut and pattern conductive materials on screens, achieving the high precision necessary for today’s advanced touchscreen technologies.

Universities and Research

We’ve collaborated with renowned universities and research and development centers—including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Lawrence Livermore National Lab—in developing various laser electrical components, advancing medical technology, and contributing to a range of innovative research projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is micromachining?

Micromachining is the precision machining technique used to create small and intricate components at the micro level. It includes various processes such as micro milling, micro drilling, and laser micro machining.

What is the minimum size of components that can be produced using laser micromachining?

Laserod can produce micro components with a diameter as small as 5 microns

What materials can be processed with micromachining?

Micromachining can be applied to various materials like metals, plastics, ceramics, composites, and semiconductors. However, it will still depend on the specific requirements of the application.

How small can micromachining create features or components?

Micromachining can create components with tight tolerances in the micrometer range, achieving high precision and accuracy at a very small scale.

What is the typical turnaround time for micromachining projects?

Turnaround times vary depending on factors such as project complexity, material, and volume. We’ll work with you to provide estimates based on project specifications.

What quality control measures are typically employed in micromachining?

Quality control measures vary and usually include real-time monitoring, post-process inspection, and adherence to tight tolerances to ensure the desired requirements are met.