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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

Meet CEO Frank Hannan

A native Californian, Frank Hannan grew up in Glendale. After receiving a business degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Liverpool in England, he joined Laser Light Technologies in 1996, a company founded by his mother, Phyllis. “My mother was a highly determined and passionate business person,” says Frank. “She … 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

Our values carry us beyond “just business” to how we interact with our stakeholders, our communities, and each other. We strive to improve the quality of life for others by using our knowledge to enhance laser science. Through innovative thinking, continuous learning, and evolving practices, we discover new ways to better serve our partners and … Continued

Lasers and Medical Tubing

Laser Processing Methods Laser services for medical tubing include high-precision laser cutting and drilling, with micron-level tolerances. We produce micron-scale complex features in a variety of materials and patterns, with no heat effects or material damage. Also in high demand are laser ablation and coating removal. These custom ablation processes selectively remove layers of substrate … 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

Laser Machining of Polymers Requires Material Knowledge

Many medical, life science, and electronic devices utilize components made from polymers such as polycarbonate, polyurethanes, ABS, FEP, polyamides, polyimides, PEEK, PTFE, PMMA, polyester, Nylon, and acrylics. Polymers are popular manufacturing materials because they are mechanically and chemically stable and good electrical insulators. Common products made from polymers include catheters, filters, printed circuit boards, substrates … Continued

Laser Processing for Medical Catheters

Catheters are increasingly complex in their designs—for example, combined materials, multiple lumens with different shapes, characteristics, and functions, and inner and outer diameters that continue to get smaller, but with added functionality. These needs make laser processing of medical catheters a high-precision procedure with incredibly tight, single-micron tolerances. Laser processing procedures that medical device manufacturers … Continued