The use of laser processing has significantly improved the production and quality of modern medical devices. Manufacturers are constantly pressured to keep pace with newer medical regulations and compliance standards—lasers help relieve that pressure by delivering accurate, dependable components & assemblies in a timely manner.
Laser processing provides the high-level precision and attention to detail needed to produce intricate components—this is vitally important when creating devices intended for patient care.
Types of Laser Processing
- Laser Welding delivers a focused pulse of light on a narrow surface joint between components that absorbs and utilizes the light energy, allowing it to fuse and form a strong (and clean) bond. This method minimizes thermal distortion, making it an ideal process when bonding some dissimilar metals or using heat-sensitive assemblies. Laser welding creates small, efficient welds that keep medical assemblies neat, trim and strong.
- Laser Cutting involves the use of an intense light beam capable of heating, melting, vaporizing or ablating different materials. This process, known for its superior accuracy, leaves a burr-free edge with a high-quality surface finish. This method’s precision gives manufacturers greater freedom to create intricate patterns and shapes while preserving tight dimensional tolerances. Laser cutting has little or no tooling requirements, which is helpful for prototyping.
- Laser Drilling uses repeatedly pulsing laser energy to slowly vaporize uniform holes in the material. This method can create precision holes with diameters as small as of 0.0005” in materials such as stainless steel, nickel, titanium, and rubber. Laser drilling can create holes either individually or in specific patterns.
- Laser Marking is used to engrave traceability, graphical, and product identification data into medical tools and devices. The marks created by this method are resistant to corrosion and repeated sterilization processes (like centrifuging and autoclaving), making it a natural choice for engraving.
Modern medical technology has come to rely on lasers for high-performance solutions to complex problems. Laser processing has helped design engineers and it continues to further innovation in the medical industry.
At Laserage Technology Corporation, we have provided industry-leading precision laser contract manufacturing for over 35 years. We strive to promote the benefits precision laser processing can deliver to medical device and equipment applications.
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