Laser Routing 2017-06-21T23:53:21+00:00

Laser Routing

Micron Laser Technology laser routing services have been instrumental in advancing products such as catheters, mobile devices, airline displays, and even the Mars rover to name a few. MLT laser routing or contouring services generate precision part excising from most any stack-ups for rigid and flex circuits. Less complex or technical laser routed products would include architectural bracketing or decorative signage to custom stencil overlays, labels, or preforms.

MLT maintains an active database of laser process parameters for most metals and plastics that eliminates experimentation and process development to readily produce a known good part. Part specific laser parameters or recipes are also recorded and electronically archived to guarantee the same production quality from lot to lot despite the time lapse between lots. Part revisions or modifications are easily made through custom macros embedded in our laser software.

Precision laser routing can cost effectively produce a cut quality and accuracy superior to traditional CNC routing centers. MLT laser processes are non-contact and induce little to no heat. Laser routing cuts material by breaking the molecular bonds that hold it together. In many applications, laser routing can produce parts that were only thought to be capable on wire EDM for half the cost. EDM uses an electrode or wire to slowly remove material via heat and abrasion that wears the wire over time. EDM wire wear and CNC router bits can produce inconsistent rout lines as well as induce heat into the part/material.

For more information about laser cutting for printed circuit boards, click to READ MORE

CAD or Data Requirements

CAD system integration and custom file converters enable flexible, laser manufacturing from customer-provided data. Although most file types are accepted, the preferred file types are Gerber, DXF, or other 2D formats.

For more CAM/CAD guidelines and detailed requirements, click CAD Requirements.

MLT Standard Routing Tolerances

 Infrared (CO2)Ultraviolet (UV)
Positional:+/-.002” (50um)+/-.001” (25um)
Dimensional:+/-.002” (50um)+/-.001” (25um)
Depth:Application DependentApplication Dependent

MLT Advanced Routing Tolerances

 Infrared (CO2)Ultraviolet (UV)
Positional:+/-.001” (.025mm)+/-.0005” (13um)
Dimensional:+/-.0006” (15um)+/-.0002” (5um)
Depth:Application DependentApplication Dependent