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Recent advances in laser diode cutting technology associated to desktop and industrial inkjet printing
Author(s): O. Acher; H. Piombini; Ph. Voarino
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Laser diodes are not normally able to cut paper, since plain paper does not absorb light in the visible and in the Near Infrared. However, it is possible to make paper locally absorbing to the Near Infrared laser light by ink-jetting an ink formulated from Near Infrared absorbing dyes. Different inks are found suitable for the ink-jetting process using commercial printers. The absorbing characteristics of inked paper are reported and discussed. Absorption characteristics are checked to allow laser cutting using a 1 W diode. Several applications of this technology are presented and discussed, with cutting speeds up to several tens of meters per minutes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6127, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices III, 61270E (28 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.662146
Show Author Affiliations
O. Acher, CEA Le Ripault (France)
H. Piombini, CEA Le Ripault (France)
Ph. Voarino, CEA Le Ripault (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6127:
Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices III
Manijeh Razeghi; Gail J. Brown, Editor(s)

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