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Lasers have been around for sixty years as sources of coherent light that is focused as a narrow beam on a small spot. This unique laser property enables the processing of materials with the aid of light (lux, in Latin). A laser beam introduces heat into a material to achieve a controlled material transformation, from superficial engraving to complete cutting. Pulsed lasers enable high-power machining while preventing the thermal overload associated with a continuous energy supply. Millux has specialised in the full spectrum of pulsed laser technologies, covering milli- and microsecond lasers for cutting and welding, nanosecond lasers for engraving and pico- and femtosecond lasers for drilling and micromachining.
Laser micromachining, also known as laser ablation or laser milling, is an accurate material process at (sub)micron level. It is a form of laser processing in which the material to be processed is instantaneously transferred from solid to gaseous phase by means of a many gigawatts in just a very brief timeframe of pico to femtoseconds. Since all energy is used for the evaporation, of typically non-gaseous materials, no heat affected zone will be created.
Laser precision welding is a delicate welding process in which multiple pieces of components are joined together by means of a laser. Mastering the art of heat management is the key for a high variety of high end precision components. The connection created is resisted to highly stressful environments such as pressure and heat. The process can be done in a continuous or pulsed fashion depending on the application at hand.
Laser drilling is the process of repeatedly pulsing focused laser beam on a material to create blinded or thru-holes. Next to micromachining, laser drilling It is one of the few precision metal technologies that can produce high-aspect-ratio holes, the ratio between hole depth and hole diameter allowing high precision components to be created without shape distortion.
Laser cutting has proven to be a widely used modern production process for the cutting of both metals and non-metals. By carefully controlling the laser cutting conditions high precision cuts can be achieved, allowing tight tolerances.
Laser engraving is the process of using laser to change the crystal structure of the material just underneath the surface. In such way, engraving can take place without the changing the top surface of the material, even though the marking is permanently. Although black is typically used, a wide range of colours markings can be achieved.