Category Archives: Laser Processing & Micromachining

Combined Galvo and Servo Motion Made Easy with IFOV Configuration Guide

Infinite Field of View (IFOV) is an intelligent motion control technology that many leading-edge technology companies use to produce best-in-class laser processing systems. IFOV allows users of galvo scan heads to reduce part error, increase throughput, and improve quality. Implementing IFOV has never been easier, as it is now fully described in the How to … Continue reading Combined Galvo and Servo Motion Made Easy with IFOV Configuration Guide

“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

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?

Up to 100% Speed Increase Dramatically Raises Throughput for Laser Processing

Stent and other cylindrical laser processing applications depend on rotary speed and precision for maximum throughput and quality of the finished product. Aerotech has just increased the rotary speed of our cylindrical laser processing platforms from 33% to 100%, all while maintaining our legendary precision. Our platforms are available for everything from the manufacture of … Continue reading Up to 100% Speed Increase Dramatically Raises Throughput for Laser Processing

Pushed to the Limit: Improved Performance for Aerotech’s Stent-Cutting Platform

For stent-cutting applications, modern stent profiles demand the absolute highest rates of speed and acceleration in order to make the micron-level cuts required in a stent pattern. To illustrate these unique speed requirements, imagine an object in the shape of a cone, which steadily decreases in circumference. Wrap a length of thread around the widest … Continue reading Pushed to the Limit: Improved Performance for Aerotech’s Stent-Cutting Platform

Industry-Best Micron-Level 2D Accuracy

The highly repeatable and thermally stable feedback sensors used on Aerotech’s Nmark AGV-HPO scanner systems can be calibrated down to single-digit, micron-level accuracy over the field of view. With the extremely low thermal gain drift performance of the position transducers, complex, high-density laser machining applications that take long periods of time to complete will maintain consistent … Continue reading Industry-Best Micron-Level 2D Accuracy

No Coding Required: DXF-to-Motion-Command Conversion Tool

Updated! (video) Does converting CAD drawings to motion code stress you out? Don’t let it! Watch Elmer figure it out in minutes. Aerotech’s CADFusion makes programming in AeroBasic™ or G Code as simple as clicking the button on your mouse. Turn your CAD drawings into code with Aerotech’s DXF-to-Motion-Command conversion tool in as little as … Continue reading No Coding Required: DXF-to-Motion-Command Conversion Tool

Webinar: How to Improve High-Speed Galvo System Accuracy

Many micromachining systems depend on high-accuracy scanners to produce parts with micron-level feature size. While these systems naturally should have micron-level (or better) accuracy, typically scanner performance is not qualified to this level of precision. This webcast will identify the most important system-level considerations in reducing overall errors, and will investigate how to minimize each … Continue reading Webinar: How to Improve High-Speed Galvo System Accuracy

The One Laser Solutions Short Course You Shouldn’t Miss at ICALEO 2013

Join a gathering of academic and industrial laser-processing professionals on October 6 – 10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Miami Resort for the 32nd annual meeting of The International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics. ICALEO® is the premier conference for laser materials processing at macro, micro, and nanoscales. This year, Aerotech is not only exhibiting, … Continue reading The One Laser Solutions Short Course You Shouldn’t Miss at ICALEO 2013

How to Banish Laser Marking Stitching Errors for Good!

In traditional marking applications, laser scanners access large areas by using a repetitive stitching method that combines a series of separate marking operations to cover the workpiece. As a result, continuous features that span adjacent marking fields can exhibit stitching errors where the marks are not aligned between the fields. In this video, see how … Continue reading How to Banish Laser Marking Stitching Errors for Good!