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Building Better Warfighters

 

Laser-Machining

What we've done...

Using novel processes developed at the EOC, we have successfully demonstrated how laser systems can be used for manufacturing on the microscopic scale, which is unattainable with conventional machining or other laser systems. These efforts have led to reduced manufacturing costs, greater yields and better products. We have developed laser-based processes for industrial, military and scientific applications.

Laser micro-machined test
Laser micro-machined test structures in ceramic .

EOC Lasers used for machining:

Clark-MXR CPA 2010
  • 200 fs pulse length
  • 775 or 388 nm
  • 1 W average power
  • Rep rate: 20-2000 Hz
Lumera SuperRAPID
  • 12 ps pulse length
  • 1064, 532, 355 or 266 nm
  • 8 W average power
  • Rep rate: single shot to 500 kHz
IPG Photonics YLR-1000-SM
  • CW to 200 µs pulse length
  • 1070 nm
  • 1000 W average power
  • Rep rate: CW to 5000 Hz
GAM Excimer laser
  • 18 ns pulse length
  • 248 or 193 nm
  • 18 W average power
  • Rep rate: Single shot to 125 Hz
GSI Group Lumonics JK702H
  • 0.5 - 25 ms pulse length
  • 1064 nm
  • 75 W average power
  • Rep rate: Single shot to 500 Hz

As a resource to those looking to use laser machining processes, we have established capabilities in processing both metals and non-metals. In an effort to encourage organizations to implement the practices we have developed, the EOC allows government and commercial customers access to our state-of-the art systems and expert staff to determine if using laser systems for their advanced manufacturing application is appropriate.

Where we're going...

Our goal is to continue to be at the forefront of laser manufacturing. As appropriate, we will add new laser systems to our inventory of lasers, workstation functionality, and analysis capabilities. We will expand our ability to provide state-of-the-art laser systems and diagnostics to develop optimized laser processing parameters. The EOC will continue to offer process development, proof of concept, initial run services, and, integration to help customers establish production capabilities. By providing our customers with the knowledge to use laser systems in the manufacturing process, we support the development of low-cost, high-tech systems for the Warfighter.

High speed laser cutting through ceramic material
High speed laser cutting through ceramic material.

We will provide theoretical modeling and experimental application of laser technology to solve unique manufacturing challenges in metallic alloy or ceramics drilling and cutting, semiconductor processing, and micro- and nano-electronic manufacturing. Our custom-developed analytical models provide accurate predictions offering both qualitative understanding and a detailed quantitative picture of the interaction dynamics needed for efficient implementation of laser technology.

How to engage...

To find out what customized laser machining solutions we can provide you, contact us here.

Gettysburg address laser etched on penny
Gettysburg address laser etched on penny.