Raydiance has announced the R-Drill, R-Tube, and R-Mill to address micromachining challenges in the automotive, industrial, and medical device industries. Ready to integrate into customer manufacturing lines, the new solutions increase yield and improve production efficiency by optimizing factory workflow to eliminate expensive post-processing steps and achieve part-to-part consistency. R-Drill, R-Tube and R-Mill combine Raydiance’s femtosecond laser technology with the company’s materials processing expertise and application-specific software.
Customer applications include precision nozzles for automotive engine fuel injectors, cooling micro holes for power generation turbine blades, texture surfacing for biomedical implants (e.g. knee, hip and ear), and cutting of peripheral and cardiovascular stents.
All Raydiance solutions increase factory output with compact, industrial grade, all-laser manufacturing solutions that enable high levels of automation; eliminate heat-affected zone (HAZ) damage to parts that require expensive post processing; reduce or eliminate internal process development using pre-loaded Raydiance designed processing instructions for the laser and material handling workstations; and speed application development and time-to-market with 24-hour print-to-part software.
Raydiance solutions consist of: Raydiance laser(s), selected scanner(s) and selected work station(s); and Raydiance materials processing expertise delivered via proprietary control software.
As an example, the R-Tube solution enables medical device manufacturers to expand stent material choices and new features, such as cutting-edge polymers for drug eluting stents with new drug retention reservoirs. The R-Drill solution enables industrial and medical manufacturers, as an example, to produce parts with intricate hole features not previously possible in an all-laser manufacturing process, including perfectly round holes, elliptical holes, square holes, positive and negative tapers, micron-sized entrance and exit features, and holes that alter shape and profile from the top to the bottom of the part. The R-Mill solution can address difficult micromachining challenges, for example, resurfacing or retexturing delicate materials, such as pericardial tissue used for heart valve applications or polymer-based catheter balloons to impart flexibility features and control movement.