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Laser milling: a practical industrial solution for machining a wide variety of materials
Author(s): Matthew Henry; Paul M. Harrison; Ian Henderson; Michael F. Brownell
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Paper Abstract

Laser milling of diverse materials has been demonstrated with short pulse lasers ranging from microsecond to femtosecond pulse durations, and with wavelengths from the far infrared to vacuum ultra-violet. In all cases a balance between quality, throughput and cost of ownership must be struck in order to determine commercial relevance. Latest generation Q-switched Diode Pumped Solid State Lasers offer the potential to enable the industrial uptake of laser milling for a wide variety of materials including aerospace alloys, thermal barrier coatings, tool steels, diamond and diamond substitutes. This paper will investigate these practical applications of laser milling with reference to comparative laser and non-laser processes.

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Date Published: 8 October 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5662, Fifth International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication, (8 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.596743
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Matthew Henry, Powerlase Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Paul M. Harrison, Powerlase Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Ian Henderson, Powerlase Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Michael F. Brownell, Powerlase Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5662:
Fifth International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication
Isamu Miyamoto; Henry Helvajian; Kazuyoshi Itoh; Kojiro F. Kobayashi; Andreas Ostendorf; Koji Sugioka, Editor(s)

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