Laser Machining of Polymers - Cutting Polymers

Polymers are often used in medical and biotech devices (e.g. for meshes, filters, tubes, microchannels) and in the microelectronic and sensor industries for insulating layers in multi-level devices. In all these cases, the high precision required has to be matched to high quality (i.e. lack of damage and burrs, no melting, high reproducibility). Other high precision use of polymers include their use as deposition masks in coating systems.

Many types of polymers can be laser machined, the most common ones being polyimide (PI), polycarbonate (PC) and polyester (PET). Other polymers include PMMA, PTFE, SU8, other photoresists and acrylics.

100 micron wide slots in polyimide

100 micron wide slots in polyimide.

400um blind holes in polycarbonate

400um blind holes in polycarbonate.

Complex shapes machined in SU8 resist

Complex shapes machined in SU8 resist.

Ultrahigh quality cutting of 50 micron thick polyimide

Ultrahigh quality cutting of 50 micron thick polyimide.

200 micron holes in 50 micron thick polyimide

200 micron holes in 50 micron thick polyimide.

Polycarbonate 300um wide channel

Polycarbonate 300um wide channel.

80 micron wide slot in PMMA tube

80 micron wide slot in PMMA tube.

Polymer Fresnel Lens

Polymer Fresnel Lens.

100um wide v-grooves in polycarbonate

100um wide v-grooves in polycarbonate.

Machining of moulds for coils with 30um elements

Machining of moulds for coils with 30um elements.

Serpentine channels in polycarbonate

Serpentine channels in polycarbonate.

25um thick FEP

25um thick FEP.

Polymer microneedles with double holes

Polymer microneedles with double holes.

Microflaps in 50 micron thick polyimide with 75 micron machined gaps

Microflaps in 50 micron thick polyimide with 75 micron machined gaps.

Micromachined serpentine channel in polycarbonate

Micromachined serpentine channel in polycarbonate.

200 micron holes in 50 micron thick PTFE

200 micron holes in 50 micron thick PTFE.

100 micron wide grooves in polycarbonate showing 10 micron wide walls between grooves

100 micron wide grooves in polycarbonate showing 10 micron wide walls between grooves.

High quality cutting of 50 micron polyimide

High quality cutting of 50 micron polyimide.

Precision cutting of slots in 1mm polymer tube

Precision cutting of slots in 1mm polymer tube.

Laser-cut parts from 50 micron thick polyimide

Laser-cut parts from 50 micron thick polyimide.

Precision cutting of 50 micron thick polyimide

Precision cutting of 50 micron thick polyimide.

400 micron diameter hole in 600 micron thick silicone elastomer

400 micron diameter hole in 600 micron thick silicone elastomer.

Machining of 500 micron wide slots in polycarbonate

Machining of 500 micron wide slots in polycarbonate.

300um hexagons in polycarbonate

300um hexagons in polycarbonate.

1mm wide Y-junction in polymer microfluidic device

1mm wide Y-junction in polymer microfluidic device.

2mm square well in PTFE

2mm square well in PTFE.

Holes in 95 micron thick UPVC

Holes in 95 micron thick UPVC.

Polymer microneedles with shaped sides and through hole

Polymer microneedles with shaped sides and through hole.

1mm thick silicone gasket

1mm thick silicone gasket.

Gaskets cut from silicone sheet

Gaskets cut from silicone sheet.