Proudly supplying Industry and Universities with Laser Micromachining systems and Imaging systems for almost 30 years. Our dedicated and experienced team is available to answer your questions.
In 1977 the company was one of the first spin-outs from Oxford University in the UK. Since then it has always been a free standing, privately owned business working with advanced laser technologies and their applications.
The company started by producing advanced gas lasers and was soon producing its own Copper Vapour Lasers (CVLs). Through the 1980s they were used extensively for uranium enrichment for nuclear power. In 1990 the break-up of the Soviet Union lead to large quantities of enriched uranium becoming available and the demand for uranium enrichment dried up.
However, the CVL with its nano second pulse length, high power and excellent beam quality was the ideal laser for the new technology of short pulse laser micromachining and the company evolved naturally into this field. This CVL heritage meant that we one of the first companies in the field and since 1990 we have run 1000s of different jobs in our Application Lab. This gives us a unique width and depth of experience. We also use this experience in the design of our micromachining systems, allowing us to supply the ideal system and its associated process for a particular application.
In the last 20 years solid state laser technology has evolved steadily and now these are the lasers of choice for short pulse micromachining. Today we would offer a CVL only in the most exceptional circumstances.
The CVL, with its ability to produce a stream of high power nanosecond pulses also makes an ideal light source for imaging small, high speed particles. In parallel with its move into micromachining the company formed its Imaging Division, dedicated to the measurement and analysis of small fast moving particles, sprays, short events and high brightness processes such as welding.
Imaging Products include:
Spray Pattern and Plume Geometry Measurement
Particle Size Measurement
Flame and Weld Viewing
Lasers for High Speed Imaging
Particle Image Velocimetry
Laser Micromachining Products include:
Laser Micromachining Systems
Sub-Contract Laser Micromachining
Laser Micro Drilling
Laser Micro Cutting
Laser Micro Patterning
Laser Micro Scribing
Micromachining Case Studies