All posts by Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt, M.S.E.C.E., Group Manager, is responsible for laser, micromachining, and medical market segment activity at Aerotech. Scott has over 10 years of experience designing, deploying and selling high precision automation systems and components. Email: sschmidt@aerotech.com Phone: 412-599-6483

“Tube Nuances” – Laser Processing of Stents Versus Hypotubes

Sometimes in the world of motion control, we might oversimplify applications a bit and speak in somewhat sweeping generalities.  For instance, while “cylindrical laser processing” might tend to mean “stent-cutting” to many in the realm of precision automation, experts in the field likely appreciate that this phrase also includes other types of tube processing such … Continue reading “Tube Nuances” – Laser Processing of Stents Versus Hypotubes

A Walk Through Time — Laser Stent Processing Over the Years

Many of us are familiar with stents – interventional cardiac devices used to prop (and keep) open blood vessels that had been blocked. Although stent manufacturing may appear to have stabilized a little over the past few years, a look backward (and forward a bit) shows that we’ve come a long way to arrive at … Continue reading A Walk Through Time — Laser Stent Processing Over the Years

10 Insider Insights Into High Precision Scanner Systems

Scott Schmidt, Product Manager for Aerotech’s Laser Processing and Micromachining Group, recently interviewed Scott Tompkins, Senior Electrical Engineer with Innovative Laser Technologies, about the pros and cons of implementing high-speed scanners in precision laser applications. Scott Tompkins has over 20 years of experience in laser machine design and integration, and his answers provided some interesting … Continue reading 10 Insider Insights Into High Precision Scanner Systems

5 Tips for Buying Galvanometers: What to Look for When Choosing a High-Precision Scanner System

A quick survey of galvanometer scanners yields a very broad array of devices, with a significant number of price points and performance levels. How can we sift through all of the available devices to choose the right one? Furthermore, once we find the perfect choice, how can we optimize its configuration to be perfect for … Continue reading 5 Tips for Buying Galvanometers: What to Look for When Choosing a High-Precision Scanner System

Which is the Perfect F-Theta Lens for my High-Speed Scanning Application?

Modern high-speed and high-precision galvanometer applications demand carefully considered choices for all system components. For instance, galvo motors inside the laser scan-head are optimized for best possible dynamic performance, the galvo mirrors mounted on those motors are constructed from best-in-class materials offering outstanding stiffness and exceptionally low inertia, and the mirror coatings are engineered dielectric … Continue reading Which is the Perfect F-Theta Lens for my High-Speed Scanning Application?