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
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.