With high temperature resistance, ceramics are often very difficult to process using conventional long pulse lasers. Mechanical machining will normally result in cracks and induced shocks in small scales while taking long time for quality finishing. Here we present few…

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For machining of hard transparent materials, picosecond lasers offer many advantages over other tools due to the non-thermal ablation process. Chemically strengthened glasses such as cannot be succesfully machined with typical mechanical or laser cutting tools. Using industrial picosecond lasers…

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Soft and thermally sensitive materials are perfect for picosecond laser micromachining. Picosecond lasers offer advantages over other tools due to the non-thermal ablation process. Devices made from bio-absorbable and drug delivering plastics are gaining wide-spread use in medicine. Materials such…

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Machining transparent fragile materials is one of the main interests for picosecond laser systems. Nonlinear absorption at high peak powers of picosecond pulses along with none-thermal ablation characteristic of ultra-short pulses can produce crack-free clean cut lines on such materials.…

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The demand for faster compact electronics devices pushes the printed circuit boards (PCB) toward multilayered smaller sizes, which makes it more complicated to singulate the boards after fabrication. Picosecond laser systems can be used for singulating PCBs with minimal heat…

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microgear fabricated from a standard 25um sheet of stainless steel. 100 um inner diameter. (right) SEM image of section of stainless steel tube by picosecond laser. Numerous applications exist in which stainless steel and other tough alloys must be…

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Microscopic features in glass, sapphire and other transparent materials are easily achieved with picosecond micromachining. Material removal rates in glass can be as vary from ~0.1 to >1 mm^3/min*W for optimized processes. The microfluidic mixer structure seen here is milled…

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