Laser drilling, cutting and structuring for the medical sector

 

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY


Absolute reliability and the highest quality standards constitute core competencies in the field of medical technology. Here laser micro-processing is used for all materials, from plastics to sapphire and titanium. It permits high-precision processing, which plays a crucial role in the production of various operating room instruments.

For example, functions must be miniaturised in minimum invasion surgical instruments. Laser technology is used to cut channels as electrode guides into surgical needles or to produce micro-scalpels.

On the other hand, extremely fine bores are required for other applications, for example to produce atomiser nozzles for medications that are inhaled. Here laser processing offers the required precision.

Micro-structuring also allows specific surface characteristics to be achieved: a very smooth surface, for example, reduces wear in hip implants and makes them highly robust. Rough structures are advantageous in other areas of implant technology in order to allow better integration of the implant into the body.