You are here

Laser drilling

Drilling using laser through vaporization of material.

Illustration of Laser drilling

The process

The laser's ability to be focused to an extremely small point makes it possible to create microscopic holes with this method.

A laser generator delivers the laser beam with a constant [1] or pulsating [2] beam. The beam melts and vaporizes the material. Depending on the diameter, material and target hole tolerance one can also choose to rotate the beam [3] along the circumference of the hole or in a spiral shape [4] from the center outwards.

Translation in progress
Read more
Advantages and disadvantages
In comparison with alternative methods
Very small holes can be drilled
Tough materials can be drilled
High-precision flat angled holes can be drilled
Thermal effects