If you don’t use laser cutting as part of your manufacturing, it’s likely the possibility just never occurred to you, perhaps due to one of these five myths we’d now like to correct.
Myth #1: Laser cutting is new
Laser cutting was first introduced in the 1960s and became widely adopted in the early 1980s. Today, laser cutting is a well-established mature technology used for [...] Read More
The potential benefit of functionally integrated components made of steel and aluminum has sparked global research in methods to weld these two dissimilar staple metals for many years. The ability to leverage steel and aluminum alloys in mixed metallic components could dramatically reduce the weight of automobiles and planes without sacrificing mechanical strength, and offers consumer and medical device [...] Read More
At Laser Services, we believe that there are three key factors that make a reliable job shop partner; location, materials they stock, and quality/support they offer. We've outlined these factors below and addressed how we exceed industry expectations.
We're located just north of Boston in Westford, Massachusetts. Although we have a large clientele in New England, [...] Read More
Choice of ceramic materials, circuit layouts, and singulation methods are key to achieving the required cost, fabrication time, size, weight, and yield of your laserprocessed microelectronics substrates.
When it comes to shaping, drilling, and singulating circuit ceramic substrates, lasers offer key advantages compared to other methods, such as mechanical dicing (with a saw or die), water jetting, [...] Read More
Compared to silk screen printing, vibro or dot peening, machine routing, and chemical etching, laser marking is a faster, cleaner, and more versatile etching and marking approach.
When selecting a marking method, manufacturers need to consider the key factors important to them, which are often driven by market forces or the type of application in which they are invested. Durability of [...] Read More
Asking the right Laser Processing questions early in the relationship can avoid challenges later.
If you think you might have a project that requires laser processing, such as cutting, welding, drilling, marking or etching, there are certain things you should find out before moving forward. Whether you are an expert in this field or only have limited experience working with a laser [...] Read More
Laser Services is extending an invitation to current customers to come for a private tour and a free Design for Manufacturability session. Laser Services practices an open door policy of working one-on-one with customers to solve application challenges. These sessions cover material selection, part layout, tolerance issues, high power laser capabilities, and electro-mechanical issues that will [...] Read More
At a recent tradeshow, our two associated brands, Laser Services and Accumet, were discussing the unique substrate and material processing requirements of the RF and microwave and medical industries with a group of supply chain managers. What we continue to hear is that without smaller stocking distributors of Kyocera, Coorstek, and Ceramtech ceramic substrates like us, who offer a full suite of processing [...] Read More
As a full-service laser processing center and stocking distributor of electronics and industrial materials, Laser Services is committed to helping you with just-in-time or overnight delivery of all your laser processed and machined materials, including ceramic substrates, adhesives, frozen epoxy, metals, foils, laminates, EMI and microwave absorbers, PCB materials, stainless steel, and much more. In [...] Read More
Laser Services is a key supplier to many dental and surgical tool manufacturers. We regularly work with designers at these companies during the design and prototype phase to optimize the manufacturability of these tools. Once prototypes have been approved we have the staff and capability to handle full scale production. We provide these companies with in-house welding, etching and cutting services, [...] Read More
Do you have an application that requires intricate patterns cut in a tube? Do you need tubes with holes through one side? From cutting patterns in titanium tubing for world class bicycles or rotary marking surgical instruments, Laser Services can do it. We have capacity to cut, drill or mark from 10" in diameter down to a .050".
Learn more about our services and how we can help you!
Laser Services is your go-to resource for your microwave assemblies that utilize silicon rubber, reinforced silicon rubber, Teflon, RF absorber material, and frozen epoxy. We can provide these parts as separate items or in complete matched sets, pre-kitted for your assembly floor. We stock all of these materials to ensure fast lead times and lower costs.
Product manufacturers may wish to consider laser marking as an alternative to screen printing (also called silk screening) when looking to permanently mark a surface such as with a bar code, a serial number, a logo, or calibration settings. Depending on the application, laser marking and screen printing each have their pluses and minuses — although for most applications laser marking is faster, [...] Read More
Laser ablation is a process that product manufacturers may wish to consider when looking to remove unwanted materials from a part’s surface or when they wish to control solder flow on a PCB — typically so excess solder does not travel where it’s not supposed to and cause electrical shorting. For cleaning a surface the technology that laser ablation typically replaces is chemical milling. [...] Read More
Each method has its relative pluses and minuses and no one method fits every situation. The thickness of the stock to be cut, hardness of the stock, whether or not the stock is stacked or layered, your cost and timing requirements, and the desired condition of the material after it’s been cut are among the key factors that determine which method is right for a particular job. There are also some [...] Read More
With an aging global population and a surge of innovative new healthcare related technologies, it is no surprise that the medical device and tooling industry is expanding rapidly, and competition is increasing. The latest in medical tool and device designs, such as sensors, tubes, and surgical tools and devices, are now demanding levels of precision that are forcing manufacturers to leverage new fabrication [...] Read More
When the object you wish to engrave has a circumference, the method of choice is typically rotary engraving, especially if you wish to engrave the object on more than one side. It is usually far easier to rotate the object on a spindle than it is to rotate the engraving equipment around the object. Most rotary engraving falls into one of two broad camps. One is mechanical rotary engraving, in which [...] Read More
Product designers and process engineers considering laser welding as an alternative to more conventional types of welding, such as MIG/TIG arc welding, will find each has its plusses and minuses. But for many applications laser welding is a cleaner, more precise, and more controlled method of welding and is especially useful when looking to bond small, thin materials such as medical tools, foils, and [...] Read More
Laser Services is announcing the acquisition of a new laser marking system that enables us to provide higher quality marking on a wider range of materials/surfaces, all facilitating a faster turn-around on marking requirements.
The 50 Watt TYKMA Electrox fiber laser marking system allows for up to 5-axis marking with frequency capabilities up to 50,000x per second. This new system is a vast improvement [...] Read More
“We’re responding to customer demand to cut, drill, weld, and mark a wider range of thicker, denser, and more diverse metals and materials than ever before,” said Greg Sexton, President of Laser Services. “Our new fiber-guided laser has an incredibly focused beam and ultra-precise motion for advanced processing needs. And the table we had them customize handles sheets up to [...] Read More
Laser Services provides expert and precise laser welding services to a variety of industries. Pros understand that as compared to everyday TIG welding—especially in critical applications such as laser welding medical devices and dental tools—having the utmost control over welding energy output is key to creating perfect seam and spot welds. This is where Laser Services excels.
Laser Services is a full service job shop tooled up and ready for your R and D and production work. We have the high powered equipment, team and know-how to help you with all your laser ablating, laser cutting, laser drilling, laser welding and laser marking needs.
Laser Services has released a new video that focuses on their ceramic alumina substrate processing capabilities, specifically quick-turn laser cutting and drilling.
In addition to being experts in laser cutting, drilling, marking, etching, and scribing ceramic substrates, Laser Services provides secondary lapping, polishing, grinding and more, as the video reveals. To satisfy fast turnaround [...] Read More
Laser Services has announced the addition of a new metrology system for measuring precision parts. The Boulder Imaging ML Series metrology system measures and records single or multiple high-precision, two-dimensional parts in seconds, dramatically reducing inspection time
As a full-service, high-power laser company for precision laser cutting, drilling, scribing, marking and welding, Laser [...] Read More
Laser Services, Inc. has launched a newly redesigned website to include fresh insights and best practices on preparing files for laser cutting, drilling and welding, metals, ceramics, medical tools, adhesives, absorbers and more. In addition to providing an improved navigation and user experience, the site delves further into the capabilities of this laser job shop, and showcases videos, [...] Read More
Laser Services has released a video that shows their innovative approach to servicing engineers, designers, and operations managers with expert laser cutting, drilling, marking, etching, ablating, and welding services. The video provides insights on how to best employ Laser Services as an outsource and covers their full breadth of capabilities from prototyping to volume assembly.
In addition, the [...] Read More
Laser Services has announced that they have been awarded a $61,200 Workforce Training Fund grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for an employee training and professional development project. Laser Services will use the grant for training programs for 32 employees and expects to create four new jobs as a result of this project.
The purpose of the Workforce Training Fund is to provide [...] Read More
Laser Services has announced the addition of a new microscope-aligned CO2 laser to bring greater capacity to their substrate and PCB cutting department. This brings the total of microscope-aligned CO2 lasers to four in daily operation, adding 33% capacity to their fine alignment capability. This increased capacity allows for quicker order turns and shorter lead times.
Microscope alignment offers [...] Read More
Laser Services has announced the hiring of several new team members in response to over a 15% growth in 2011.
In the sales department, Phil Kendall has joined Laser Services as a Sales Representative bringing 20 years of sales, product, and operations management experience in the medical device and technical ceramics markets. Phil’s experience and deep technical knowledge will have him focused [...] Read More
As part of our ongoing commitment to ISO and AS 9100 standards, Laser Services has recently reached a new plateau in process management. Building out new modules in our 2009 MRP software solution, E2, we have recently achieved a dramatic increase in on-time deliveries. Every step in our design/production process, from purchase orders to production and shipping, is now monitored and controlled [...] Read More
Laser Services has announced expanded capabilities in both ceramic materials inventory and its laser-based machining services for those materials. The company is a major value-added storehouse for a range of ceramic substrates (primarily alumina) from leading suppliers, including Coorstek, CeramTec, and Kyocera. Its large-volume buying power translates into cost savings for customers at both large-scale [...] Read More
Laser Services has announced their recent recertification of ISO 9001:2008. The certification verifies the company’s Quality Management System as “applicable to laser scribing, drilling, cutting, marking, welding, and other processing for materials to include ceramics, metals, plastic, and adhesives used in the microelectronics, medical, aerospace, and commercial industries." [...] Read More
Without the right laser choices and expertise a job shop might set you up to accept limitations you might not have to, take twice as long to process a job, could aid in you failing incoming visual inspections, provide limited bond strength, and ultimately create lower yields and higher costs. “Trying it” on an ill-equipped laser, in other words, is not something you want to endure.
But [...] Read More
Invented in 1960, the laser was introduced to the plant floor just five years later when the first production laser-cutting machine was used to drill holes in diamond dies. But even though lasers have had a long and successful history in manufacturing, people still have a lot of questions about them in that role. So we thought it would be helpful to have our resident expert, Laser Man, answer the top [...] Read More
If you are a product manufacturer how do you know which technology is a better way to cut your materials: laser cutting or water jet cutting? (We covered the relative merits of a third technology, die cutting, in another blog article.) As with most things in life, no one answer fits every situation. The thickness of the material to be cut, your cost and timing requirements, and the desired condition [...] Read More
Understanding laser ablation vs. chemical etching and solder dams when looking to control solder flow or remove layers of unwanted materials from a printed circuit board (PCB) or integrated circuit (IC), is pretty basic science.
Laser ablation is a process that removes layers of materials from the surface of a solid object while leaving the base material intact. It offers built-in advantages that [...] Read More
From bio implants, to surgical instruments, to lab equipment, and more, a wide range of products in the medical field have very similar requirements when it comes to welding medical devices.
Here’s a question: If you manufacture devices, tools, instruments, or appliances for the medical industry - whether for the surgical suite, hospital lab, medical clinic, dental office, or other [...] Read More
We'll get you to market faster, with better products and help you lower your total build cost, too.
To remain competitive and satisfy their customers’ increasingly frequent demands for ever-faster delivery, manufacturing companies face a seemingly impossible contradiction. On the one hand, in order to scale production and exploit best-of-breed competencies they are looking to outsource [...] Read More
Laser Services stocks and delivers a variety of high-performance frozen epoxies from Ablestik™, Emerson & Cuming, and Henkel. The most popular frozen epoxy we work with is Ablestik’s Ablefilm® 5025E – a silver-filled, unsupported epoxy adhesive-film designed to provide very thin, uniformed bond lines. These high-performance epoxies are kept in stock, and laser cut and drilled [...] Read More
When considering laser services like cutting, etching, or welding don’t just buy a part; hire a design partner. You’ll reduce costs, speed up production and get a better product.
There are many questions to consider when assessing what’s the value of a manufactured part or component to your end product, your business and your end user-customer. Questions like: How much will the [...] Read More
The design of your microelectronics circuit is a huge factor in determining whether its ceramic substrate can be laser cut. Here are some factors to consider as you design.
Almost every week it happens — an electronics component manufacturer asks if we can cut the ceramic substrate of a microelectronics circuit they have already designed. Of course we’re always happy to take a look. [...] Read More
Laser welding is much cleaner than conventional arc or Tig welding, and therefore helps risk of contamination. It’s also more precise, easier to automate, and provides for bonding of much thinner metals, and provides for much greater tensile and bending strength.
If arc welding is typically part of your product manufacturing process you may wish to consider laser welding instead. Unlike [...] Read More
Here are 3 Simple Reasons the Laser is King Over DIE Cutting
You see, the thing about laser cutting is, well, it’s not just one thing – unless we’re referring to the monochromatic, coherent, collimated power surge generated by the light beam itself – but let’s not delve into a physics lesson here. We might find ourselves lost in the land of limits, summations, [...] Read More
If you’re looking to engrave a barcode, serial number, photograph, piece of artwork, a logo, or some decorative lettering onto a curved object, then laser rotary engraving is your best option. Mechanical rotary engraving methods such as diamond dragging, stamping or dot peening tend to be slower, require more setup time, and are more limited in the variety of patterns they can engrave. Lasers [...] Read More
At Laser Services, we're rpoud to announce that over half of our business is in support of the medical instrument and device industry. On the front end, we consult with research universities and corporate labs for materials research. On the back end, we work with design engineers on device design and manufacturability. We are also involved with the production of surgical tools, surgical trays, [...] Read More
To reduce project risk, cost and delays, don’t wait until the last minute to engage your laser services provider.
When it comes to laser services a lot of customers want it done yesterday. That may be because windows of opportunities are closing, or because downstream assemblers are waiting for the part, or because revenue targets are at risk — or maybe because there was not sufficient [...] Read More
When you see BYOB on a party invitation, you know what your host wants you to do. And when you have a BYOD policy at work, you know your boss wants you to bring your own device (smartphone or laptop) to the office. Both BYOB and BYOD are very popular. So what about BYOL? Is buying your own laser a good idea too?
For most manufacturers, probably not, and here’s why:
BYOL Carries Costs and [...] Read More
When you need an ally that can help you with prototypes ahead of the volume order, the best partner will be able to answer some key questions right up front.
- Can this idea be manufactured within the budget and timeframe specified?
- Will they break, corrode, or otherwise be damaged either during manufacturing or later when deployed in the actual application?
- Are the materials, [...] Read More