Micro drilling is a necessity in many industries. Medical device manufacturing, aerospace, and computer engineering require incredible precision and accuracy. Even academic research needs the control of a laser. Laserod helps customers realize their potential.
What is microdrilling?
Many applications require working with surfaces that are small, sometimes below one micron in thickness. Microdrilling is the process of creating microscopic holes and divots in specific locations to allow for more precise machining.
Specialized equipment allows manufacturers to obtain precise control of their processes at an atomic level. This created a revolution in medical device manufacturing, aerospace, and technology and continues to play a major role in the modern world.
What is required for microdrilling?
Microdrilling requires a spade drill or laser. Drills need to be smaller than 50 micrometers. The walls of these holes are some of the smoothest available.
Spade drills are not as smooth or accurate as lasers. The roughness tends to be .4 micrometers. While this may not seem extensive, it can be a problem in small electronics, parts that come under immense stress such as those in airplanes, and medical equipment.
How does a solid-state laser allow for microdrilling?
The first lasers entered production in 1960 but were too large, expensive, and inaccurate to use in precise machining. They were also gas driven. By 2001, the FDA approved lasers using solid ions with a crystal to focus an intense beam.
Solid-state laser hole drilling offers incredible accuracy and precision. It is now possible to machine metals, ceramics, and plastics without excess burn damage to less than one micron in width.
Benefits of Solid-state Lasers
Solid-state lasers are precise. They allow you to meet or exceed ISO and IEE standards.
- Machine down to 0.248 microns in width
- Are approved for medical device manufacturing
- Work well under stress
Lasers have not been part of science fiction for decades. They are now a preferred way to reduce errors and achieve incredibly smooth holes.
An unsold benefit of lasers is the ability to produce incredibly smooth holes. These devices take the guesswork out of quality assurance with consistent results.
Laser drilling is one of the best ways to maintain ISO and IEE standards. Pulse rates in the femtosecond range outperform spade drills.
Many researchers and companies cannot afford laser drilling. The cost of a fiber laser is beyond what a startup, university, or entrepreneur can afford. Still, costs continue to decrease, coming down 50% over the past ten years.
Outsourcing reduces costs to less than the minimum wage. Save up to 60 percent on custom laser drilling with Laserod. We work with clients such as Lockheed Martin and IBM as well as research universities including Stanford.
Where can I find solid-state lasers for microdrilling?
Solid-state lasers are the perfect for micro drilling. There is nothing more damaging than losing a product to spade drills. Laser drilling has a small cut width and produces the result you need every time.
Get in touch with our laser drilling experts today at 1-888-991-9916.