Laser Cutting

Synlas offers extensive laser processing services -- welding, cutting, drilling, ablating and marking for the medical device industry. Our more than 10 years of experience in laser processing gives you the assurance that whatever your needs.

Our laser experts will help you through all phases of process development and production. We can start with prototyping and product development and continue through process validations and into production manufacturing of all types of medical devices. Our flexible, responsive and cost-effective laser processing services help you gain a competitive advantage in your medical device marketplaces.

Synlas is experienced with processing a wide range of Standard and exotic materials to best suit your projects needs, including Nitinol, Platinum, Nickel, Titanium, Inconel, Hastelloy, stainless steel, 316L, cobalt-chrom, L605, magnesium, polymers, PLLA, and many more.


 

Our laser cutting capabilities include:

  • Femtosecond
  • Nd: Yag Laser
  • Multi-Axis
  • Multi-Control
  • Take-Up Reels
  • Fiber Laser

Our laser workstations are capable of cutting through almost any size range of material at almost any speed to improve the quality and effectiveness of your end product, and most projects can be customized to meet your desired specifications.

Using these manufacturing capabilities in tandem with our expert technicians, we offer real support for your designs, including

  • 3-D geometries and shapes fabricated to close tolerances.
  • Samll heat-affected zones, with minimal work hardening and metal distortion.
  • High repeatability, with consistent results for all quantities
  • Cost-effective measures
  • Fast Processing
  • Low cost hard tooling

We offer laser cutting services in flat, extruded tube and molded polymer parts. With our diversity of wavelengths, we can choose the proper tool for your individual material and geometry requirements.


 

Quality for every cut

The ability to produce smooth, clean-edged cuts at any angle with minimal burrs, surface roughness of just a few microns and equally small heat-affected zones, make lasers perfect for the production of surgical instruments. They enable the smallest radial cuts on trocars and endoscope shafts, and open thin-walled tubes with form cuts. They also cut contours on tweezers and scalpel tips. In addition, they can be used to create recesses on bone mills and drills, and from simple tubes they cut plain coil chains, e.g. for moveable guide instruments.


 

Cutting without refinishing

Laser cuts have such smooth surfaces, minimal burrs and sharp edges that refinishing work is virutally eliminated. In addition, as a tool, the laser is extremely versatile: no tool changes are needed and set-up only requires the CAD/CAM data to be transferred. This has been proven not only with implants for orthopaedics but, also with titanium implant systems for surgery of the jaw, face, hand and spine.

 


 

 

What are the advantages of laser machined tubing ?

Our cutting lasers offer several advantages over standard mechanical cutting operations for the manufacture of medical catheters:

  • Tight tolerances – cutting patterns on medical catheter components are repeatable and reliable to dimensions as small as 0.0002 inches (0.0050 mm).
  • Complex patterns – our 2-axis and 4-axis lasers can cut precision patterns on thin wall catheter tubing.
  • Precision cuts – cutting lasers are well suited for clean cuts on catheter components that cannot be easily obtained by mechanical cutting methods. For example, laser cutting allows for clean, perpendicular cuts on braid and coil reinforced medical catheter tubing.
  • High performance materials and components – laser cutting is a highly effective option for cutting high performance materials, such as PEEK and polyimide, as well as small precision parts, such as polymer marker bands for medical catheters and stainless steel hypotubes.

Which materials are typically laser machined for medical catheters?

Our nanometer ultraviolet (UV) cutting laser is capable of custom drilling, cutting and marking polymer components made from extremely hard polymers, such as polyimide or PEEK, as well as delicate materials.


 

Laser sheet cutting

Typical applications for laser sheet cutting are miniature scalpels for eye surgery, plates, filters, optic masks, discs, rings, miniature cog wheels, vacuum nozzles, etc.

Synlas developed special laser cutting techniques for cutting thin metal foils and very fine shims or spacers of 0.005-0.05 mm thickness used for electro-optic calibration. These techniques enable Synlas to handle and laser cut thin foils without deforming their shape and without thermally affecting them.