Femtosecond Laser Is Cut Above Conventional Systems for Precision Medtech Machining

June 20, 2010 – 10:21 pm

The use of femtosecond laser technology in medtech manufacturing applications may be headed for a Gladwellian tipping point thanks to a collaboration between Rofin, which manufactures laser-based systems for industrial materials processing, and Raydiance, a specialist in the development of ultrafast laser technology. Rofin has incorporated a femtosecond laser source from Raydiance in its StarCut Tube Femto. Rofin describes the recently introduced product as the first and only complete system to offer “cold” laser cutting for medtech applications.

Femtosecond laser technology brings unprecedented precision to the cutting of sensitive materials such as nitinol-based shape-memory alloys. The cut quality is such that almost all postprocessing operations can be eliminated, according to Rofin. The StarCut Tube Femto is also suited for precision cutting bioabsorbable polymers such as polylactic and polyglycolic acids.

Cold laser ablation precisely cuts the edges of bioabsorbable polymers regardless of their low melting points and poor absorption properties.

“Medical device manufacturing is just the beginning of the journey,” says Thomas Merk, COO, Rofin Laser Micro and Laser Marking. “A multitude of applications in various markets will benefit from ultrafast cold laser ablation. And there is no doubt that Raydiance is the innovation leader in industrial-grade femtosecond laser technology.”

“We are seeing an explosion of innovation in the medical device market powered by Raydiance,” added Barry Schuler, Raydiance Chairman and CEO. “As customers move from design to manufacturing, they require 21st century solutions that integrate sophisticated motion control, beam delivery, vision systems and software on the factory floor. Rofin is a bold innovator and the clear worldwide leader in integrated laser processing solutions. We are thrilled with Rofin’s decision to partner with Raydiance. This is a significant validation both for Raydiance and for ultrafast laser technology,” said Schuler.

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