Ceramic Drilling

Ceramic Drilling

Laser drilling of ceramics

Drilling ceramic using laser energy allows for fast drilling while having precise control of heat, hole placement, and hole quality. Drilling can create through-holes or partial holes for texturing or micromachining requirements. Micro drilling is possible when using short wavelength laser sources giving the ability to drill holes with diameters down to 10’s of microns.

Control Micro Systems, Inc. (CMS Laser) has a world-class万博mantbex体育官网that can test a range of laser sources and optics to determine the optimal setup for any ceramic drilling application. Our engineers also have the automation and part handling experience to offer superior system design for any type of production environment. We offerFree Sample Processingof your specific samples to prove the capabilities of our laser systems!

Advantages of Laser Drilling of Ceramic

  • No Contact Drilling– No drill bits or parts to clean, sharpen, or replace.
  • Flexibility of Hole Size and Shape– Depending on the specific application and ceramic material being drilled, hole shapes and sizes can be tuned to meet requirements with simple software inputs.
  • Micro Drilling– Hole diameters down to 10’s of microns can be achieved in thin ceramic using short wavelength laser sources.
  • Speed- 使用电流计和F-THETA扫描镜头允许高速钻出许多孔,而无需部件索引或钻头索引。在某些情况下,钻探甚至可以完成On-The-Flyas parts pass by laser field to increase production rates even further!

Methods of Laser Drilling of Ceramic

Many different types of lasers can be used to drill ceramic. Depending on the requirements for hole size, hole shape, edge quality, taper, and speed, different laser wavelengths (from far IR through UV) and different laser pulse durations (microsecond through femtosecond) have different advantages.

  • CO2 Lasers(far IR wavelengths) are typically used in applications where speed is the most important factor. In addition to the standard 10.6um wavelength, CMS also has 9.4um and 10.2um CO2 lasers available to test.
  • Fiber lasers(附近IR波长)也有时用于使用高峰电源光纤激光器钻孔。取决于陶瓷的类型和纯度,光纤激光波长可以与材料相吻合。应用工程师可以测试陶瓷,以确定使用光纤激光器是否是可行的选择。
  • Frequency Tripled Diode Lasers(UV wavelength with nanosecond pulse durations) can be used to drill holes with a “cold cutting process” that reduces the heat put into the part. The UV wavelength couples well with most ceramic and allows for micro-drilling of holes down to 10’s of microns across.
  • Femtosecond Lasersare a fourth option for drilling. The ultrashort pulse duration of these lasers gives high peak power in each pulse resulting in faster ablation of the ceramic and virtually no heat effect to the part. These lasers are the most expensive option but can be used in cases of extreme precision such as drilling for medical device manufacturing.


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