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High precision line-based material processing (drilling, grooving, 2.5D micromachining) demands high repeatibility. To secure such repeatibility NST developed SuperSync for MOPA picosecond and femtosecond pulsed laser sources, a proprietary bi-directional interface to reduce the effect of timing-jitter when scanning at high speeds. 

After successful testing last month the list for certified SuperSync laser interfaces has been expanded by  Ekspla (ATLANTIC, ps laser) and Light Conversion (PHAROS, fs laser).

In addition Spectra Physics has successfully tested the first Q-switched MHz nanosecond pulsed QUASAR paired with the LSE controller. The image shows micron pulse placement accuracy at 50 m/s (Pulse Repetition Rate 1 Mhz) . When paired with the LSE polygon scanner system this hybrid fiber laser unlocks unprecedented throughput in high precision applications.

Dedicated laboratories and our  Process Development Kit on site unlocked the potential for UV based applications. Based on the need for smaller spot sizes and dedicated processing first shipments now take place to support launching customers in display, semicon and medical device manufacturing.

At the LASYS 2014 a new software release is announced with features such as:

  • Streaming mode: bitmaps of any length can be processed enabling non stop roll-to-roll processing;
  • Enhanced surface quality: for super smooth surface quality in 2.5D micromachining we implemented “start facet” and “job dithering” on a layer to layer basis (see also presentation high throughput laser processing at SLT’14, Dr. B. Neuenschwander);
  • Interleave mode: for line based material processing (drilling, grooving, cutting) interleaving enables using lower rep-rate lasers at high scanning speeds, or alternatively, material inter-pulse temperature control when using high-rep lasers and large spot overlaps

To support your applications accessible application labs are expanding both in numbers and performance.  Ultrafast lasers with improved conversion efficiency in MHz for both GR and UV but also high powered nanosecond GR/UV lasers are now becoming accessible.

To improve higher system productivity upcoming features are being sponsored by EU projects Razipol and Appolo. NST offers you access to dedicated laboratories in Belgium, Switzerland, France, Japan and Korea.  Coming soon,  USA and Germany.

 

Maynard, MA August 29, 2013 Technical Solutions Marketing, LLC (TSM) announced they have been contracted by Next Scan Technology NV (NST) to perform market research and business development for NST’s polygon scan system within North America.

NST has developed a novel polygon scanner, ‘Line Scan System’ which provides high speed, high accuracy laser micromachining using high pulse rate ultrafast lasers that outperforms traditional galvos by 10-50 times higher throughput with none of the temperature drift, which adversely affects accuracy.

Picosecond and femtosecond lasers with high pulse rates of 200kHz to greater than 1MHz have demonstrated excellent results in the lab and in limited production environments. According to Rick Slagle, Managing Partner of TSM, “The short pulses from these lasers can be less than the thermal diffusion timescale, which results in vaporization of the material with no heat affect or melting that is critical in many applications, such as medical devices or aerospace applications, where burring is unacceptable. Due to their high pulse rate these lasers need a high speed, high resolution beam delivery to fully take advantage of these benefits.”

Lars Penning, Managing Director of NST said, “We have qualified a number of laser systems manufactured in Europe. In order to address the North American market we needed to find a firm that has extensive experience in the Photonics Industry. As such, we are delighted to partner with TSM based on their reputation and 20+ years of experience working with laser manufacturers, system integrators and end users.”  

In the last week of May a successful SuperSync™ test took place at TRUMPF in Schramberg. With the bidirectional control in place the next stage is set for validating demanding volume applications in micromachining using a TruMicro laser source.

Benefit from the successful product launch at the World of Photonics 2013 and receive our special Process Development Kit offering until mid June.

We have moved our engineering, production and customer support into new build facilities. At the present time we are gearing up the manufacturing of the LSE product line and have a demo lab available for customer process development and testing.


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