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Laser drilling is the process of creating “popped holes” or “percussion drilled” holes in a material, which is achieved by pulsing a laser beam on a particular area repeatedly. This process will differ depending upon the thickness of the material, the number of holes that need to be created, and the size (width and depth) of these holes. Drilling with lasers is renowned for its high levels of precision, which is achieved without any direct contact with the material surface.
Laser drilling is in widespread use throughout many industries, but especially in aerospace, automotive, electronics, medicine and electronics (especially in the semi-conductor industry). Laser drilling is particularly suited to low batch manufacturing and also for use in prototype designs (where expensive tooling costs can be eliminated). Traditional drilling techniques find it hard to replicate consistently the quality required in larger quantity batches, but with laser drilling every production piece is 100% perfect every time. The process can be used with a wide variety of materials, metal drilling (e.g. stainless steel) is very popular as is the drilling of ceramics, plastics and other industrial materials.
Choose an SPI Laser to meet your entire laser drilling needs from the smallest to the largest of holes. Lasers make it possible to machine very small, blind, unusually shaped and precisely tapered holes. They can drill holes at steep angles and process difficult-to-machine materials. A single set-up can produce hundreds of different sizes over a 3D surface. Whether the requirement is for percussion or trepan style drilling an SPI laser can be programmed to deliver highly accurate drill holes!
SPI Lasers range of lasers offers hundreds of different possible outcomes for your drilling needs, from small, blind, precisely tapered holes to larger ones. A single-set up of our machinery can produce an almost limitless amount of sizes across a 3D surface. Read through our collection of application insights and postcards to gain a deeper understanding of how the process works in practice.
‘Applications Insights’ are detailed articles on specific applications.
‘Application Postcards’ are bite sized insights on specific applications, designed to be easily digested in a matter of minutes.
Laser drilling is a widely used process across multiple industries including; aerospace, automotive, electronics and medical. Drilling with a Fiber Laser can be used across a wide range of materials including various metals (aluminium, copper,... read more >
Everything that we use, from the shoes we wear to the transport that we take to the house that we live in has gone through some kind of manufacturing process. The manufacturing system is one of the largest on the planet, and it involves all kinds of... read more >
Laser drilling is just one of a number of processes that our Fiber Laser range is designed for. Many of the laser processes bear striking similarities, and it can sometimes be difficult to easily distinguish between them. For example, laser drilling... read more >
Laser drilling is the process whereby thru-holes are created in a material by pulsing a focused laser repeatedly to break it down layer by layer. Each of the laser processes, whether it is laser marking (FAQs), engraving (FAQs), cutting... read more >
The semi-conductor industry involves all of the different companies and processes that are involved in the design, development, manufacture, and sale of semi-conductor products and devices. Semi-conductors themselves are materials which can conduct... read more >
The medical sector, as with many of the other sectors that laser drilling plays a part in such as the automotive or aerospace industries, will affect us at some part of our... read more >
The electronics industry is an industry that we all play a part in every single day, whether this is by being involved in the design, development, manufacturing or marketing process itself, or through the host of electronic items that we... read more >
The aerospace industry bears many similarities to the automotive industry in that it involves a whole host of processes, with design, development, production, manufacture, marketing, sales, and consumer use of the aircrafts being... read more >
The automotive industry, which involves everything from the design, development, production and manufacture of automobiles to the marketing and selling, is a huge industry. It involves many different intricate parts and processes, all of which must... read more >
Laser drilling is a process that is capable of working with multiple materials to produce many different results. One of the materials that it is most commonly worked with are various types of metal, a material that is found in pretty much every... read more >
Laser drilling was not the first kind of laser drilling process that was used and instead found itself come about as more of a development from the laser cutting process. However, this was over half a century ago, and since then laser drilling has... read more >
Laser drilling has become one of the most widely used laser processes in the world, and has found uses in several different industries including the aerospace, automotive, electrical, semi-conductor and medical industries and... read more >
Laser drilling was not one of the first laser processes to be invented, but once its uses were realised, it quickly became an established and effective laser process in its own... read more >
We’ve explored laser drilling with a great deal of content on this website, so we thought it would be good to include some videos of the process in action as well! You can find five great YouTube videos about laser drilling below, with a small... read more >
Laser drilling has become one of the most established and efficient manufacturing processes used today, and we see it appear in a number of different industries, especially in the automotive, aerospace, medical, semi-conductor, and... read more >
With many different types of laser processes available, each with their own set of unique qualities and benefits; it can sometimes be hard distinguishing between the different types and figuring out which one would be most suited to... read more >
Our range of Fiber Lasers drill metals, coated metals, some ceramics and graphite composites. These Lasers create discrete pulses of controllable energy, peak power, and temporal profile (or shape) which are well suited for laser... read more >
Our redENERGY range of pulsed Lasers can be used for a wide range of precision drilling applications in thin <1mm materials.The high beam quality offered by the EP Laser means that spot sizes of <30microns can be achieved resulting in very... read more >
Our range of redENERGY Pulsed Lasers can be used to drill 5 holes per second in 0.38mm alumina. The photo above shows the output side that is 75-80 microns in diameter. The input side is less than 100 microns in diameter.These holes have been... read more >