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Laser Line Ultra Simplifies Micro Cutting Tool Production

The Laser Line Ultra was designed for machining microtools used in the fields of electronics, micromechanics, and medicine. It uses picosecond lasers to machine severely small tools. By employing laser pulses, it can craft these tools out of the hardest materials on the planet such as tungsten carbide and synthetic diamonds. One of the biggest benefits of the Laser Line Ultra is that little to no heat is transferred into its work, given the extremely short windows of its laser emissions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Laser processing usually removes materials based off a thermal mechanism. When using ultrashort laser pulses, the pulse is too short for heat to be conducted.
  • Wear resistance can only be achieved by micro cutting tools that are made out of ultra hard materials.
  • The surface quality of lasered WC surfaces tend to be about 20% better than the surfaces that were formed with a ground drill bit.

“Carbide drill bits can accept the same processing chain and recipe for physical vapor deposition (PVD) coatings as ground cutting tools.”

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