Laser Drilling

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Laser Drilling Laser drilling is a non-contact process that utilizes laser beams to remove material and produce holes. Laser beams, or extremely focused radiations of wavelengths, use heat energy to alter materials by vaporizing or burning away surface layers until a hole is created.

Leading Manufacturers

Maple Grove, MN  |  763-425-4755

Great Lakes Engineering is a trend setting manufacturer of surface mount stencils, precision laser cut parts, and photo chemical etched parts. We work with a wide range of materials, including Stainless Steel, Copper, Brass, Titanium, Nitinol, Nickel, Kovar and many others. We do not work with glass, plastics, or aluminum. Our specialty is working with very thin materials ranging from .001” to .030” thick. We can offer a wide range of capabilities and materials to meet your needs.

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Great Lakes Engineering, Inc. $$$

Tamaqua, PA  |  888-218-2260

Our teams at Remaly Manufacturing Company, Inc. utilize state of the art equipment to provide you with laser cutting capabilities. Our teams provide cutting services for a wide range of materials such as steel, aluminum, stainless steel, monel and much more. We are a turnkey manufacturer who keeps all of your needs in mind. Please contact one of representatives today to learn more information!

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Remaly Manufacturing Company, Inc. $$$

Gurnee, IL  |  847-855-9200

Our fiber optic metal laser cutting capabilities include Stainless steel, Aluminum, CRS and other ferrous and nonferrous metals. We can laser cut flat blanks, stencils, signs, prototypes, and custom formed fabricated parts. Laser cutting capabilities are supported by our complete Tool Room and Metal Stamping departments. Machining, Plating and Heat treating are also available for one stop shopping from start to finish. The possibilities are endless, contact us to see what we can do for you.

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American Industrial Company $$$

Sacramento, CA  |  916-419-0580

We perform cost effective, fast and accurate laser cutting services with Bystronic Lasers. Microform can laser cut products to specifications and get them out quickly, even with intricate designs or fine widths. Along with laser cutting, we offer waterjet cutting, panel bending and powder coating.

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Microform Precision, LLC $$$

Norridge, IL  |  708-452-0045

Tesko Laser is one of the top laser job shops. With our state-of-the-art equipment, we provide high-quality laser cutting services, laser marking services, laser drilling services and laser machining. We also offer CNC laser cutting and plastic laser cutting. Contact us today!

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Tesko Laser Division $$$

Talladega, AL  |  800-443-8913

Weaver and Sons is a manufacturer of precision sheet and plate metal components specializing in custom and contract fabrication and machining jobs. Our decades of experience and state of the art machinery allow us to meet and exceed all of our customers' needs and expectations. We use the Bystronic 3000 watt 5' x 10' laser (up to ½" plate) and Bystronic 4000 watt 5' x 10' laser (up to 5/8" plate).

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Weaver and Sons, Inc. $$$

York Haven, PA  |  717-932-4000

York Haven Fabricators is your one stop shop for turn-key Sheet Metal Fabrication, specializing in rapid prototyping, limited production runs and quick turnaround products. We partner with our clients throughout the entire life cycle of their project, from early design consultation and prototype development through the realization of the final component or assembly.

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York Haven Fabricators $$$
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Laser drilling serves industries such as medical, semiconductor, aerospace, electronics and manufacturing, and is essential for fabricating products including engine blades, irrigation needles, fuel injectors, flow control devices and nozzle guide rings. Laser drilling, which is a laser cutting process works by precision-controlling the heat energy achieved by short, rapid laser pulsations through a combination of CNC machining and CAD computer programs. CAD is the actual computer program that takes the dimensions of the desired tool and tells the computer controlling the machine, the CNC, what to do.

The focused laser beam is able to remove surface layer materials to form holes of varying diameters and depths. Several different laser drilling processes can be used including: single-shot laser drilling, which uses a single high-energy laser pulse; percussion drilling, which uses multiple short-duration, low-energy pulses; trepanning, where a pilot hole is created and then multiple laser pulses enlarge the hole through circular motions; and helical drilling, using multiple laser pulses in circular motions in a downward spiral.

Laser drilling can perform precise high speed drilling in virtually every existing metal and certain plastic materials such as silicone; it can also permit the drilling of holes in exotic alloys not possible with traditional methods such as wire EDM and CNC punching. Materials compatible with laser drilling include mild steels, stainless steels, titanium alloys, aluminum alloys, galvanized steels, nitinol, inconel, ceramics and diamonds.

An inexpensive process, laser drilling has been made popular due to rapid prototyping and the ability to maintain tight tolerances as small as 10-20 microns. It often works in conjunction with other laser cutters to create specialized tools such as gaskets, which sometimes have holes requiring the laser drilling as well as the laser metal cutting machine that shaped it. This is just one example of how the laser cutting industry is vital to the production of the small tools that make our world run. Aesthetically, there are also secondary services available at CNC machine shops that provide laser cutting services, such as polishing, painting and anodizing.

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