Bogacizi University beefs up laser capabilities for research

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Bogacizi University’s department of biomedical engineering's Institute of Medical Research is enhancing its technology development capabilities with new laser systems.

Aiming to produce small, intricate devices such as stents and catheters, Bogacizi University has invested in a laser system capable of flat-cutting and welding. Built by American company, Precision Automated Laser Systems (PALS), the laser system can cut tubing from 0.5mm to 6mm in diameter at a feed rate of about 7.5mm per second.

Richard Swindell, owner of PALS, said: ‘It had to be safe and easy to use because the students are not experienced laser users. With this in mind, we created a user-friendly interface. This means students can easily view all the laser information, cutting process data and camera on one screen.’

The laser system incorporates a JK400FL, a 400W fibre laser. According to PALS the JK Laser JK400L was selected because of its beam quality and small focused spot sizes that create dross-free cuts with a minimal heat affected zone.