The multi-axis machine features a 400W fiber laser (JK400FL) that enables students from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Bogacizi University to cut small, intricate devices such as stents and catheters. The system is also capable of flat-cutting and welding.
Richard Swindell, owner of PALS, said: “We worked closely with the university and JK Lasers to create a flexible, turnkey system that is cost-effective and compact. It also had to be safe and easy to use because the students are not experienced laser users.
“With this in mind, we created a user-friendly interface that incorporates JK Lasers’ intuitive FiberView software with our own GUI interface. This means students can easily view all the laser information, cutting process data and camera on one screen.”
To cut any length of tube from 0.5mm upwards, students simply input the measurements, the laser parameters and the required number of parts. The machine then laser cuts programmed features utilising tubing from 0.5mm to 6mm in diameter at a feed rate of around 7.5mm per second.
Fiber lasers such as the JK400FL are a popular choice for precision cutting intricate medical devices. Their high beam quality and small focused spot sizes create dross-free cuts with a minimal heat affected zone.
In addition to their processing capabilities, JK Fiber Lasers are up to ten times more energy efficient than traditional Nd:YAG lasers and their all-bulk design means that routine maintenance is virtually eliminated.