Micromachining

Lino Costa, Brian Canfield, and Trevor Moeller describe how ultrafast laser micromachining enables the creation of next-generation thrusters for nanosatellites

Fabricating micro scalable thrusters for nanosat propulsion

Lino Costa, Brian Canfield, and Trevor Moeller describe how ultrafast laser micromachining enables the creation of next-generation thrusters for nanosatellites

Layout of Schott RealView eyepieces on a high refractive index wafer following laser cutting with a 3D-Micromac laser micromachining system. (Image: 3D-Micromac)

3D-Micromac & Schott to develop manufacturing solutions for AR optics

The partnership will enable 3D-Micromac to develop new process solutions that can improve the bending strength of high refractive index glass

Femtosecond laser surface ablation is applied to selectively remove stressed film regions on the mirror substrate, correcting the shape of the mirror’s reflective surface (Image: Heng Zuo, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research)

Femtosecond laser micromachining optimises x-ray telescope mirror fabrication

Such telescopes are used to capture high-energy cosmic events involved in forming new stars and supermassive black holes

Integrators such as GFH Micromachining, 3D Micromac, and LLT Applikation develop complete laser micromachining systems featuring all the laser, motion control, software, and safety components required to realise high-quality applications (Image: GFH Micromachining)

Micromachining systems adapt to market demands

Susan Fourtane on the market trends integrators are having to respond to when developing new systems

Laser technologies will have to continue to evolve to keep up with the need of the electronics industry. (Image: Shutterstock/raigvi)

Opportunities and challenges for laser technology in the electronics sector

Electronics manufacturing presents both significant opportunities and formidable challenges for developers of laser materials processing technologies, writes James Bakewell

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