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Development of an industrial femtosecond laser micromachining system
Author(s): Andreas Ostendorf; Thorsten Bauer; Frank Korte; Jonathon R. Howorth; Carsten Momma; Nadeem Hasan Rizvi; Frederic Saviot; Francois Salin
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Paper Abstract

Within the research project FEMTO, supported by the European Commission, a compact diode-pumped titanium:sapphire laser has been developed which matches the requirements of industrial systems, like compact dimensions and stable laser operation. To achieve this, the laser has been specially designed to be integrated directly into the machining system. For best process speed combined with optimal cutting quality, focus has been laid upon high repetition rates at moderate pulse energies. Typical average output powers are around 1.5W and repetition rates of up to 5 kHz. Accompanying to the laser development, a micro-machining system has been designed to meet the requirements of femtosecond laser micro-machining. In parallel to the machine development, machining processes have been investigated and optimized for different applications. The machining of delicate medical implants has been demonstrated as well as the machining system for general micro-machining of sensitive and delicate materials has been proven. Therefore, the developed machine offers the potential to boost the use of femtosecond lasers in industrial operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4633, Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast and Free-Electron Lasers, (1 April 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461372
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Andreas Ostendorf, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
Thorsten Bauer, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
Frank Korte, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
Jonathon R. Howorth, Photek Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Carsten Momma, Cortronik KG (Germany)
Nadeem Hasan Rizvi, Exitech Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Frederic Saviot, Thales Group (France)
Francois Salin, Univ. Bordeaux I (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4633:
Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast and Free-Electron Lasers
Joseph Neev; Andreas Ostendorf; Glenn S. Edwards; Joseph Neev; Andreas Ostendorf; John Clark Sutherland, Editor(s)

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