Within micromachining, a variety of materials are used including ceramics, coatings, metals/alloys, and polymers, and each type of material has different subtypes that are used in micromachining. Ceramics are primarily used for laser cutting while coatings play an important role in patterning electrodes, patterning coatings, and removing coatings. Metals/alloys are designed to be used with laser cutting, laser marking, hole drilling, and foil engraving, and polymers are purposed for laser cutting, machining for minute features, and hole drilling. To appreciate the micromachining process, take time to learn about the different materials used including what they are and how they are used.
Laser micromanufacturing is the process of cutting, drilling, marking, and welding of material involving micro-parts of minute components. Micromanufacturing uses lasers with wavelengths from UV to IR to create the specific design or product. Used by a variety of industries including automotive, medical, research, and technology, it is used for production of medical devices, production of intricate and complex designs, prototype creation, and research and product development. From a manufacturing perspective, it is used for a variety of purposes including additive manufacturing, CNC machining, and injection molding. Take time to learn about the laser micromanufacturing process and its importance.