Laser Processing for the Medical Industry

Laser Processing for the Medical Industry

Control Micro Systems, Inc. (CMS Laser) will design and manufacture a custom laser system to meet your medical device manufacturing (MDM) requirements. Laser processing is extremely accurate, flexible, fast, and can be a very clean process depending on the application. These advantages make laser processing ideal for meeting the stringent requirements of the medical industry. CMS Laser’s engineers have extensive experience designing machines for the medical industry and can find a solution to even the most challenging problems. Whether you are looking for laser welding, laser marking, laser drilling, or laser cutting our engineers can help.

Contact us today to begin a no-obligation, no-cost-to-you review of your samples in our Applications Lab. Our sales engineers can be reached directly at salesmail@cmslaser.com to discuss your application.

Laser Welding for the Medical Industry

Welding in the medical device industry often requires extreme precision, durable and hermetically sealed welds, and a clean, additive-free process. Laser welding meets all of these needs. By focusing the beam to small spot sizes, thin weld line widths can be achieved. Depending on the application, either gantry motion or galvanometer steering can be used for precise weld placement. With the help of specifically designed fixtures, laser welds can be strong, durable, and impervious. Laser welding can also weld transparent plastic parts together with no additives or color change (known as Clear-on-Clear Plastic Welding). Unlike ultrasonic welding, laser welding of plastic produces no debris. The following pages discuss further details of these welding processes.

Laser Welding of Plastic

Laser Welding of Metal

Laser Marking for the Medical Industry

Using lasers to mark medical components allows for clean, permanent, fast, and accurate marks to be made with no contact to the parts. CMS Laser’s proprietary On-The-Fly marking software can be used to mark parts while they are in motion which can significantly increase production speeds and ease integration. Whether you are marking medical grade plastics, metals, glass, pharmaceutical tablets or other materials, a laser system can be designed to meet your needs. The following pages have more details about laser marking on each of these materials.

Laser Marking of Plastic

Laser Marking of Metal

Laser Marking of Glass

Laser Marking of Pharmaceutical Tablets

Laser Drilling for the Medical Industry

Laser’s can be used to drill extremely precise apertures in medical devices or products. A common medical drilling application is drilling pharmaceutical tablets for osmotic release. With tablet drillers all over the world, CMS Laser has become a global leader in this technology. Our TD-140 Tablet Driller can drill up to 140,000 tablets per hour with double vision verification and dual layer tablet color detection. Another medical application that uses laser drilling is micromachining for manufacturing lab-on-a-chip (LOC). A femtosecond laser source can be used to drill micron scale internal holes and channels for LOCs. See the pages below to explore more details on CMS Laser’s capabilities in laser drilling for the medical industry.

Laser Drilling of Pharmaceutical Tablets

Femptosecond Laser Processing

Laser Cutting for the Medical Industry

Laser cutting has many advantages over other methods of cutting for medical device manufacturing. Being a non-contact process, laser cutting does not require blades or tools to be replaced or sharpened and the laser does not impart any unnecessary force on the product being cut. Laser cutting also allows for simple changeover between cut paths by simply selecting a new software file. Typical examples of laser cutting for the medical industry are cutting eyes in catheters and modifying needles and canulas. More details about cutting specific materials using lasers can be found on the following pages:

Laser Cutting of Plastic

Laser Cutting of Thin Metal

Laser Cutting of Ceramic

Femtosecond Laser Processing

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