Femtosecond Lasers Cut Incredibly Fine Features with Submicron Accuracy

As products and components in the medical, life sciences, and microelectronics industries become miniaturized and more complex, with the need for extremely tight tolerances, manufacturers increasingly turn to femtosecond lasers for their micromachining needs. In fact, some features can only be cut with femtosecond lasers, which expands design options for engineers and designers. Features can … Continued

Laser Wire Stripping Is Ideal for Removing Insulation or Shielding

Wire stripping removes sections of insulation or shielding from wires and cables to provide electrical contact points for termination. Conventional wire-stripping methods make contact with the conductor and can create nicks or otherwise damage the wire, slow down processing speed, or lead to inconsistent quality and rework. In contrast, laser wire stripping is a much … Continued

Laser Cutting: One of the Most Critical Steps in Micromanufacturing

Laser cutting is ideal for manufacturing and other industrial applications that call for a powerful cutting tool that also performs with a high level of accuracy. As products become smaller, with more functionality, complexity, and tight tolerances, laser cutting and laser machining are often the only methods that can produce the high-precision features these devices … Continued

A Year to Remember

2020 has been quite a year for manufacturing companies. Manufacturers have had to deal with trade wars, supply chain disruptions, and COVID-19, with uncertainty being the only constant. In tough times it is critical to have rock-solid partners that are willing to help, adapt, and share, with a “we’re in this together” attitude, to get … Continued

Technical Aspects of Laser-Micromachining High-Precision Medical Catheters

Matthew Nipper, PhD, Director of Engineering As medical catheters become smaller and more complex, with added functionality, they become more challenging to laser-machine. OEMs increasingly require laser technologies that can drill micron-sized features in a range of materials, including ceramics, glass, metals and alloys, polymers, and semiconductors with tight, single-micron tolerances. Polymers are especially popular for medical catheters because they are … Continued

Committed to Quality

Unsurpassed quality is what manufacturers want the most. Yes, they also demand lower costs and faster speed to market from their contract manufacturers, and assistance with product design, but the top-ranked requirement is always quality. This is especially true as products get smaller and more complex, or are mission-critical or health-critical, where lives are on … Continued

Meet Laser Light Technologies

B2B—business to business—is a big driver of the global economy. Investment in the latest digital technologies allows Laser Light to serve customers anywhere in the world—including just down the road in our hometown of Hermann, Missouri (population 2,400), overlooking the scenic and historic Missouri River. We are a Fortune-500 resource that calls small-town America home. … Continued

Lasers and Medical Tubing

Medical tubing is an incredibly important component in many medical devices. Life-critical applications abound—balloon angioplasty, stent delivery, catheter-steering wires, suction lumen, cardiovascular catheters, urological retrieval devices, neurovascular procedures, and intravascular drug delivery systems are just a few. Common types of medical tubing include: Extruded tubing—provides a great variety of dimensions, materials, and chemical and physical … Continued

Laser Micromachining Is a Key Process in Medical Balloon Manufacturing

Medical balloons are critical medical devices that require the highest manufacturing precision and quality. Balloon catheters, for example, enable a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including stent delivery, dilating vessels, and clearing blockages. Medical balloons continue to get smaller to meet the needs of minimally invasive medical procedures, but they must also be … Continued

As a Critical Laser Manufacturing Company, We Help Fight COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic, these are, of course, extraordinary times. COVID-19 has certainly tested our abilities as a nation to function, provide essential supplies and products, and keep the economy going. Americans—as friends, neighbors, co-workers—have found ways to adapt and support each other. This is also true of manufacturing companies. As a supplier of mission-critical … Continued