Laser Micromachining

We are a specialist supplier of laser micromachining products and services.

Choosing a system is not simply a case of ‘picking one off the shelf’.  At Oxford Lasers we start by getting to know you and what you want to get out of your new laser micromachining tool. We then move onto choosing the correct laser and creating the most effective motion control solution for your application. Finally, we select from a wide range of additional options, components that will enhance the performance of your system or tool. By applying this systematic approach, we ensure your new tool is the perfect fit for your needs.

Safety

Our laser micromachining tools are built to the latest manufacturing and safety standards.  This includes in particular laser safety where our tools are fully enclosed and rated Class 1 laser safe. 

Stability

At the heart of our tools is a granite bed and gantry.  This ensures ultimate stability particularly for applications where high precision and positional accuracy are important.

Functionality

Every tool is equipped with our powerful CIMITA software.  This software brings together control over both the laser and motion control parameters allowing processing with sophisticated toolpaths.

A SeriesCompact Laser Micromachining Tool
Capable and compact, the A Series platform delivers impressive laser micromachining, capable of integrating a nano, pico or femtosecond pulsed lasers.
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C SeriesProduction Laser Micromachining Tool
Efficient and robust, the C Series platform is a turnkey laser micromachining tool designed specifically for high-throughput production.
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E SeriesResearch Laser Micromachining System
Versatile and customizable, the E Series platform is a state of the art laser micromachining system designed for use in a research and development environment.
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G SeriesDual Laser Micromachining Tool
Advanced and innovative, the G Series platform is a dual laser system designed with the ability to efficiently process a greater range of materials.
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J SeriesHigh Power/ Multiwavelength Laser Micromachining System
Power and precision, the J Series is the most advanced precision laser micromachining system in the Oxford Lasers range, designed to meet the demands of the most challenging process applications.
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ProbeDrillVertical Guide Plate Production Tool
Durable by design, the ProbeDrill from Oxford Lasers is a hardwearing turnkey laser tool designed specifically for guide plate production.
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SamplePrepSample Preparation Tool
Specific and refined, the Sample Prep Tool is a laser based micromachining system designed to produce micro samples for X ray microscopy (XRM).
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Z SeriesBespoke Laser Micromachining Tool and Automation
Exclusive and bespoke The ultimate in bespoke solutions, designed from the ground up to fit your requirements precisely.
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Versatility

  • Different wavelengths can be integrated across the range of platforms, i.e;  infrared, visible or ultraviolet
  • Lasers of different pulse lengths; nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond can be integrated to all platforms 
  • Multiple wavelengths can be integrated on a single platform - not available on all platforms

 

Modularity

  • A range of high precision motion control systems can be integrated to all platforms 
  • Compatibility for integration with advanced Galvo Scanners across the range
  • Additional options available across the range of platforms 

 

Futureproof

  • Additional options can be substituted or added after installation 
  • Additional control software can be added at a later date 
  • Additional process recipes can be installed to achieve different tasks

 

GENERAL PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
PRODUCT Multiple
Wavelengths
Wavelength
Options
Dimensions
W X D (in mm)
Upgrades
Available
A Series No 355nm/532nm/1064nm 1469 x 1204 Yes
C Series No 355nm/532nm/1064nm 2805 x 1554 Yes
E Series No 355nm/532nm/1064nm 2805 x 1554 Yes
G Series Yes any two of:
355nm/532nm/1064nm
3102 x 1554 Yes
J Series Yes 355nm/532nm/1064nm 3102 x 1554 Yes
         

World leading precision technology, we provide the know-how, the people and the capacity to produce your next generation technology. Producing everything from one-off parts for feasibility studies through to tens of thousands of parts per month. We have provided laser micromachining services to research and industry across the globe for over 25 years.

Knowledge

With 30% of our staff educated to PhD level, it is easy to see how we develop processes to machine almost any material, from hard to machine ceramics and transparent materials through to soft polymers. Our laser micromachining specialists work on the cutting edge of technology and work with our R&D team to produce new solutions to meet our clients challenges.

Quality

We understand the need for quality, both in the quality of the features and parts we make through to our processes in handling material.  Each job is allocated a dedicated engineer who ensures that the desired requirements are met to the customers satisfaction.  In particular if there are specific quality plans or processes required these can be catered for.

Capacity

We provide versatility by integrating a wide range of laser pulse lengths (nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond) and wavelengths (infrared through to ultraviolet) with multiple processing stations and volume capability within our facility.  We ensure we have the capacity to deal with fluctuations in volume requirements for our customers.
Laser Micro Drilling
Micro drilling is a laser ablation process which creates extremely precise micro scale holes in material. 
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Laser Micro Milling

Laser micro milling is a laser ablation process which is used to create 2.5D features in materials.

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Laser Micro Cutting
Micro cutting is a laser ablation process which allows extremely precise separation of material.
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Laser Micro Scribing
Laser micro scribing is a laser ablation process which involves creating a series of blind cuts or scribe lines across a substrate.
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Laser Thin-Film Patterning

Thin-film patterning is a laser ablation process which allows extremely precise removal of single or multiple layers from a material substrate

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Laser Thick-Film Patterning
Thick-film patterning is a laser ablation process which allows precise removal of single or multiple layers from a material substrate.
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Laser Surface Texturing
Laser surface texturing is a process in which the characteristics of a materials surface are altered.
 
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A selection of applications which lend itself to micromachining solutions are shown in the table opposite. 

 

 

Further information on specific applications can be found within the specialities section above.

 

This application summary is given for general guidance purposes only and as such is not a comprehensive list of all possible applications.  Therefore, if you have an interest in a specific application area which is not listed please do not hesitate to reach out to us where our technical team are on hand to discuss your application requirements.

 

 

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Drilling Milling Cutting Surface texturing Thin-film patterning
Guide plate
production
Microfluidic
devices
Medical devices Friction reduction Flexible electronics
Calibrated holes
for leak test
Sample preparation Sensors Biomimicry Display
Fuel injectors Biomedical devices Wafer resizing Wetting OLEDs
Nozzles Micro moulds Stencils Decorative Batteries
See specialities section above for further information on specific applications. 
Calibrated micro holesfor Leak Test Verification
Calibrated micro holes or ‘micro-leaks’ are used to calibrate leak test equipment and/or verify leak test processes.
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Guide plate productionfor Vertical Probe Cards
Guide plates are a component of vertical probe cards and consist of thousands of micro holes through which the probes are fitted to ensure accurate location of each probe.
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Microfluidicsfor Lab on a Chip Devices
Microfluidics deals with the behaviour, control and manipulation of fluids on a scale typically below one millimetre.  It is an established multidiscipline field covering physics, biochemistry, engineering and biotechnology.
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Sample Preparationfor X-ray Microscopy
Sample Preparation for Nanoscale X-Ray Microscopy, is becoming an important activity in the creation of samples across the Semiconductor, Materials Research and Oil and Gas Industries.
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Nozzle Drillingfor Gasoline Fuel Injectors
With the drive towards a greener world, the focus on emissions and efficiency from our vehicles increases.  Laser drilling of fuel injectors is an enabling technology in this process.
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More drilling applications
The use of lasers for micro drilling has become widely accepted in a wide variety of industries, for example the electronics and automotive sectors...
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More cutting applications

The use of lasers for micro cutting has become very popular in a variety of industries. The ability to translate the laser beam across the material surface...

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More milling applications
The use of lasers for micro milling can produce many intricate parts, which may be impossible using other techniques. The technique can be used to...
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More patterning applications
The use of lasers to pattern a variety of substrates is gaining increasing popularity in a wide variety of sectors. Applications where the...
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Metals

A sample of metals we can machine include:
Aluminium
Copper
Gold
Steel
Tungsten plus many more...

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Ceramics

A sample of ceramics we can machine include:
Alumina
Aluminium Nitride
Machinable Ceramics
PZT
Silicon Nitride plus many more...

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Semiconductors

A sample of semiconductors we can machine include:
Gallium Arsenide
Germanium
Silicon
Silicon Carbide 
plus many more...

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Transparent Materials

A sample of transparent materials we can machine include:
Fused Silica
Glass (Borosilicate)
Toughened Glass
Sapphire
plus many more...

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Polymers

A sample of polymers we can machine include:
ABS
Acrylics
Flouropolymers (PTFE/Teflon/FEP etc)
Polyimides (inc. Kapton)
plus many more...

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Others
A sample of other material we can machine include:
Transparent Conductive Oxides (ITO, ZnO, SnO)
Composites (e.g. carbon fibre)
Silicon Dioxide (SiO2)
plus many more...
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