Product Research and Development
Sharing our expertise during the product design stage improves quality, streamlines production, and reduces cost
As OEMs design smaller and more complex products, with more sensitive materials, they collaborate with Laser Light Technologies to test out their product designs and make them better—sometimes turning innovative prototypes around in a matter of weeks.
We have the knowledge, experience, technologies, and quality systems to assist with all stages of research and development and product design. Achieving optimal laser processing results for a new product or design depends on matching the proper laser pulse width and wavelength with the material to be processed. Material chemistry, thickness, precision, and price considerations all factor into the product design process, which requires deep knowledge of material science and behavior and laser capabilities. We can laser-machine high-precision, micron-sized features in virtually any material and, with our decades of experience, quickly determine the best combination of laser and material to achieve your performance specifications.
How It Works
When you bring a project idea to Laser Light Technologies, our collaborative process helps deliver positive results, quickly, through the entire product development cycle. By applying our laser knowledge, problem-solving expertise, and experience at the earliest stages of design and development, we can get your product to market more efficiently and at a cost that can bring you a greater return on investment.
Our experienced and performance-focused laser engineers can work with customer engineering teams throughout the entire project design and development process. Services include design consulting, prototyping, design for manufacturability, and manufacturing routing and integration set-up. Our Class-100 and Class-1000 clean room facilities are ideal for testing, developing, and assembling highly-sensitive parts and products, often made from materials that are engineered to deliver specific physical and chemical characteristics.
Not only do the engineers at Laser Light help assure your part performs to the specs of your design, their innovative and solution-driven thinking can potentially make your part perform beyond the initial design expectations, using cutting-edge science. Our in-depth R&D reports include scope, approach, results and challenges, and recommendations for follow-up. We also include technical specifications such as type of recommended laser system and materials, set-up needs, energy, masking requirements, inspection and quality protocols, laser processing time, assist gas, post-processing protocols, and cost.
Other key deliverables are:
- Collaborative discussions regarding materials, processes, and manufacturing alternatives to assist in making crucial decisions early in the design cycle
- The opportunity to leverage our expertise and experience for developing design alternatives and production manufacturing solutions
- The ability to save costly rework in design and prototyping by resolving design flaws before manufacturing
- The knowledge to recommend using laser manufacturing versus other processing options in the output of precision parts
“Laser Light works closely with OEM project leaders during the design stage to determine the best laser systems and materials for the project,” says applications engineer Blake Winkelmann. “When possible, we test or invest in the manufacturing equipment needed to make a project a success, including automation, proprietary optical designs, and other improvements. By working directly with OEM engineering teams during R&D or design for manufacturability, we can create customized, one-of-a-kind, proprietary laser processes and systems for that product, at lower cost.”
Customized Production Solution Gets Results
When a supply chain partner for a global, top-tier tubing OEM could not keep up with its production demands, it turned to Laser Light Technologies to find a solution. The goal was to perform high-precision removal of insulative coatings from small wires > 0.0095 inches in diameter for a medical application, at a much higher production rate than before. After holding production design meetings with the OEM team, Laser Light engineers built a customized, automated system to advance wire with sub-0.01-inch accuracy, laser-ablate the material to be removed, and perform quality checks, all while improving quality and throughput, shortening time to market, and reducing overall production costs.