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A general high-speed laser drilling method for nonmetal thin material
Author(s): Zhijian Cai; Guangsheng Xu; Zhou Xu; Zhiqiang Xu
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Paper Abstract

Many nonmetal film products, such as herbal plaster, medical adhesive tape and farm plastic film, require drilling dense small holes to enhance the permeability without affecting the appearance. For many medium and small enterprises, a low-cost, high-speed laser drilling machine with the ability of processing different kinds of nonmetal material is highly demanded. In this paper, we proposed a general purpose high-speed laser drilling method for micro-hole production on thin nonmetal film. The system utilizes a rotating polygonal mirror to perform high-speed laser scan, which is simpler and more efficient than the oscillating mirror scan. In this system, an array of closepacked paraboloid mirrors is mounted on the laser scan track to focus the high-power laser onto the material sheet, which could produce up to twenty holes in a single scan. The design of laser scan and focusing optics is optimized to obtain the best holes’ quality, and the mirrors can be flexibly adjusted to get different drilling parameters. The use of rotating polygonal mirror scan and close-packed mirror array focusing greatly improves the drilling productivity to enable the machine producing thirty thousand holes per minute. With proper design, the hold uniformity can also get improved. In this paper, the detailed optical and mechanical design is illustrated, the high-speed laser drilling principle is introduced and the preliminary experimental results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8796, 2nd International Symposium on Laser Interaction with Matter (LIMIS 2012), 87962J (16 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2010935
Show Author Affiliations
Zhijian Cai, Soochow Univ. (China)
Guangsheng Xu, Suzhou Bohai Laser Technology Co. Ltd. (China)
Zhou Xu, Suzhou Bohai Laser Technology Co. Ltd. (China)
Zhiqiang Xu, Suzhou Bohai Laser Technology Co. Ltd. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8796:
2nd International Symposium on Laser Interaction with Matter (LIMIS 2012)
Stefan Kaierle; Jingru Liu; Jianlin Cao, Editor(s)

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