Laser cutting manufacturer Synova has opened a micro-machining center (MMC) in Fremont, Calif., to provide contract cutting and dicing services.
Synova is the designer and manufacturer of the Laser MicroJet system, which uses water to reflect a micro-laser beam. In Synova’s MicroJet laser cutters, a laser beam is aimed through a focusing lens, which reduces the scope of the beam. The beam passes through a horizontal window housing a water chamber. The water acts as an optical fiber filter, using total internal reflection within the water jet to highly focus the cutting beam. The water also acts to reduce thermal displacement and metal re-deposition.
The principle is depicted in the graphic below.
Synova’s Fremont-based MMC will offer Laser MicroJet cutting machines to facility visitors, or customers can hire its cutting services. Synova has similar MMC in other locations throughout the world, but as the MicroJet cutting system is particularly well-suited for cutting small computer parts, Fremont is well-situated to appeal to the Silicon Valley community.
“With regards to our micro-machining center, customer response has surpassed expectations,” said Dr Bernold Richerzhagen, president and CEO of Synova, in a statement announcing the Fremont MMC. “The opening of the California MMC complements well our similar service centers in Europe and Japan, through which we are constantly discovering innovative ways to leverage the Synova technology for the benefit of our customers.”