Laser beam shaping is the way to optimize microdrilling with ultrashort-pulse lasers, improving the accuracy, effectiveness and efficiency of the process for an industrial use.
Ultrashort-pulse (USP) lasers are increasingly being used for material processing at an industrial scale, allowing high machining accuracy without most of the thermal damage normally occurring with longer-pulse lasers.
Benefiting from the perks of USP-lasers, the process of laser microdrilling allows fast, precise and uniform processing of a wide variety of materials for several industrial applications (automotive, aerospace, electronics... ). It however needs to be improved for maximum effectiveness, quality and efficiency, as USP-lasers are still offering limited output.
That is why laser beam shaping, a technique allowing optimization of laser-matter interactions, is progressively being adopted as the technical solution for perfecting the process of USP-laser microdrilling, paving the way for a cost-effective and efficient use in industry.
The following article, published in the March/April issue of Industrial Laser Solutions, describes why laser beam shaping is necessary for microdrilling with ultrashort-pulse lasers.
Download the application note on Laser Beam Shaping for advanced material processing
Sami Laroui, who holds Master’s degrees in materials science and innovation and entrepreneurship, joined Cailabs in 2018. As a pre-sales engineer, he contributes to the development and commercialization of innovative optical solutions, that optimize the quality and performance of laser machining processes.