Ultrafast

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

Paul Butler-Smith and Tian Long See demonstrate how the surface friction of stainless-steel medical tools can be reduced using pulsed and ultrashort-pulsed laser processing

Improving scalpel blade cut quality using laser surface texturing

Paul Butler-Smith and Tian Long See, of the MTC, demonstrate how the surface friction of stainless-steel medical tools can be reduced using pulsed and ultrashort-pulsed laser processing

Dr Michael Jarwitz, of the University of Stuttgart’s IFSW, highlights the need for a single tool capable of highly versatile and adaptable manufacturing

Towards a universal laser machine for batch-size 1 production

Dr Michael Jarwitz, of the University of Stuttgart’s IFSW, highlights the need for a single tool capable of highly versatile and adaptable manufacturing

Researchers have been investigating focus elongation using a spatial light modulator for high-throughput ultrafast-laser-induced selective etching in fused silica. (Image: Heriot-Watt University)

Beam shaping techniques optimise medical device manufacturing

Researchers have deployed beam-shaping techniques to ultrafast laser processing to reduce the fabrication time of fibre-optic medical instruments

(a) SEM pictures of LIPSs on silicon surface induced by the shaped pulse trains with an interval of 16.2 ps. (b) The cross-section of LIPSs. (c) Structural colours of a 'Chinese knot' pattern made using LIPSs. (Image: OEA)

Researchers optimise nanostructuring rates using ultrafast lasers

The work has led to the scientists being able to form LIPs over a square metre area in several hours

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