Laser Services offers extensive laser processing services routinely found in biotechnology and diagnostics equipment, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, surgical instruments, and in-body components. Our expertise can help you from your prototype phase through development and production.
As demand for healthcare grows so does the rate of medical device innovation. In our own business we are seeing more OEMs that ask us about new materials, new (and often smaller) form factors, and even faster turns.
Lasers’ advantages that address these requirements include:
Precise temperature control. Laser output is highly controllable, which is a big advantage in welding, cutting and marking delicate materials. Also, the heat from the laser stays in a very confined area so there’s less chance of damaging surrounding features. Precise power output also provides very tight control over how deep the beam penetrates the material (the z dimension).
Precise xy control. The position of the beam is highly controllable and the beam itself is very precise. That’s important in medical devices where tolerances can be as fine as a fraction of a millimeter. It’s especially important as devices become even smaller and contours and shapes more complex.
High repeatability. Also key in the medical device industry is the ability to turn out products of exactly the same dimensions every time. Because lasers are highly controllable both in terms of temperature and position, and because they can be programmed, they offer extremely high repeatability.
Fast turnaround. Given the three factors just mentioned, it’s easy to see why very fast turnarounds, even for new product designs, would be the rule, not the exception. That’s important to innovators looking to quickly develop proof of concept and then take advantage of ever-smaller windows of market opportunity.
Flux and pigment free. Lasers don’t require a flux in order to weld two materials together, so there’s less risk of introducing a material — into a bio-implant, for example — that might cause harm. Laser markings also don’t require a pigment, so there’s no pigment to come off and contaminate.
More durable markings. The fact that there’s no pigment to come off also means that laser markings won’t either.
Already widely used in doctors’ offices and hospitals, lasers are rapidly becoming a tool of choice as well in medical device manufacturing for cutting, welding, and marking.
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