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Graphic element Excimer laser technology for microdrilling of plastics and other flexible materials
     
 
New schemes for the adaptation of excimer laser processing have produced excellent results with polyvinyl chloride, polythene and polypropylene in a variety of thicknesses.
 

Modern high-tech microdrilling is used in a wide and rapidly expanding range of applications. The use of laser technology is particularly attractive in applications requiring miniaturisation, such as the drilling of holes in multilayer circuit boards and medical sensors. Laser drilling is a very flexible procedure which can be computer controlled and which minimises material loss compared to conventional techniques.

This project involved 7 partners and focused on the development of schemes for the adaptation of excimer laser processing technology for use in the precision microdrilling of plastics and other flexible materials. Excellent results were achieved with polyvinyl chloride, polythene and polypropylene in a variety of thicknesses.

Prime project partner Exitech is now selling its new system to end users, mainly in the US and Japan, working closely with customers to produce systems tailor-made to their needs. The company's turnover has tripled since the end of the project.

Cordis RCN: 3217
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