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IPG Photonics has introduced the IX-200-F, an advanced fibre laser micromachining system for general purpose, R&D, and batch-scale production applications. The multi-function system can be configured with different combinations of fibre lasers and beam delivery systems to address high-precision, cutting, drilling and patterning micromachining applications.

The IX-200-F is a fully enclosed and interlocked CDRH Class 1 system, configurable with a wide range of IPG fibre lasers and integrated with the system operating hardware and software. The system core consists of structural granite to minimise the effects of vibration and thermal drift on the overall accuracy of the product.

The system features a high-resolution, high-performance microscope vision system which provides a continuous zoom range from 38x to 880x for sub-micron automated part alignment and inspection. System software includes macro-building tools for fast programming and generation of automated processes for complex feature machining. Additional utilities allow complex pattern input from standard CSV and DXF files.

The range of IPG fibre lasers currently supported on the IX-200-F includes pulsed IR to greater than 500W and pulsed green up to 50W as well as UV lasers. Users may select ablation or thermal cutting and scanning or fixed beam delivery configurations. The IX-200-F includes precision, multi-axis part-handling and vision systems for accurate machined feature placement and process control and fully-integrated software enabling both ease of use and highly complex machining functions.

Applications for the system include cutting of ceramics, metals, polymers and semiconductor materials and patterning of ITO and other thin-films. Drilling hole diameters down to 15µm in 300µm thick ceramics, with placement accuracies of better than 5µm, at rates of 100 holes per second.