Although more typically used for marking, nanosecond pulsed fiber lasers are ideally suited to cutting a surprising range of materials. They are low cost, compact, reliable and require no maintenance. The scanner based cutting process can be applied to a wide variety of non-metallic materials including ceramics, polymers and even carbon composites, as well as metals. This application note specifically looks at non-metallic materials including silicon, ceramics, plastics and rubber, and shows examples of these materials cut with a pulsed fiber laser.
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