Laser microprocessing is a very attractive option for a growing number of industrial applications due to its intrinsic characteristics, such as high flexibility and process control and also capabilities for noncontact processing of a wide range of materials. However, there are some constrains that limit the applications of this technology, i.e., taper angles on sidewalls, edge quality, geometrical accuracy, and achievable aspect ratios of produced structures. To address these process limitations, a new method for two-side laser processing is proposed in this research. The method is described with a special focus on key enabling technologies for achieving high accuracy and repeatability in two-side laser drilling. The pilot implementation of the proposed processing configuration and technologies is discussed together with an in situ, on-machine inspection procedure to verify the achievable positional and geometrical accuracy. It is demonstrated that alignment accuracy better than 10 μm is achievable using this pilot two-side laser processing platform. In addition, the morphology of holes with circular and square cross sections produced with one-side laser drilling and the proposed method was compared in regard to achievable aspect ratios and holes' dimensional and geometrical accuracy and thus to make conclusions about its capabilities.
Two-Side Laser Processing Method for Producing High Aspect Ratio Microholes
Contributed by the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MICRO- AND NANO-MANUFACTURING. Manuscript received March 20, 2017; final manuscript received August 7, 2017; published online September 28, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Nicholas Fang.
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Nasrollahi, V., Penchev, P., Dimov, S., Korner, L., Leach, R., and Kim, K. (September 28, 2017). "Two-Side Laser Processing Method for Producing High Aspect Ratio Microholes." ASME. J. Micro Nano-Manuf. December 2017; 5(4): 041006. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4037645
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