Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Application Newsletter - Medical Device Marking with the FiberTower

Medical manufacturers require the ability to mark using many different techniques for UID (unique identifier), Direct Parts Marking (DPM), logos, serial numbers, part numbers, lot and date codes, schematics, graphics, deep engraving and more. They also need to be able to process a wide range of materials varying from plastic, to titanium, to stainless steel and aluminum. Because fiber lasers wavelength, output power level and beam quality can be adapted for cutting, welding, structuring or marking a wide range of materials, they are an ideal choice for medical manufacturers.

The stainless steel medical device part pictured to the left was marked using a 20Watt Fiber Laser Marking System. The part, for a medical saw, was marked with a single line, narrow font for speed purposes and a bold font to increase readability. The part was engraved deep enough that the marking would very hard to remove. The cycle time for narrow engraved part took 3 seconds. The second part was engraved with a bold font to increase readability; the cycle time for the bold font was 8.5 seconds.

The titanium medical part pictured to the left was marked with a 10 watt q-switched ytterbium fiber laser and 160 mm focal length lens which has a working distance of 176mm from lens to part. The parts were surface marked to created contrast on the samples with a cycle time of 9.36 seconds.

About The FiberTower™ Series
FiberTower™ Series is the new generation of Fiber Laser Material Processing Systems for Direct Parts Marking, UID Marking (Unique Identifier), and Deep Engraving. It is the most advanced, compact, industrial grade, mid size, Fiber Laser Engraving Machine available on the market. FiberTower™ series employs the new generation of solid state Ytterbium fiber laser systems of near infrared spectral range (1060-1080nm) with a unique combination of high peak power, ideal beam quality, fiber delivery and highest electro-optical wall-plug efficiency. These laser machines possess a reliability that is unmatched by any other kind of solid state or gas laser systems. Wide selectivity of operating wavelengths, ultra-low amplitude noise, high stability and ultra-long pump diode lifetime complete an impressive list of advantages of these modern fiber laser systems.

About Laser Photonics
Developing laser marking, laser cutting and laser engraving systems for precision material processing industries, Laser Photonics is leading the way with innovative fiber laser and CO2 laser systems. Our laser machines are used by manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, industrial, defense, electronic and medical industries around the world. For more info visit http://www.laserphotonics.com/ or call 407-829-2613.

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