Laser process enables tubing to take on new forms

Dassel, MN —Unusual tube shaping and contouring of silicone and polymer tubing with precision hole features as tiny as 5 microns is a new service offered by Spectralytics...

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Dassel, MN —Unusual tube shaping and contouring of silicone and polymer tubing with precision hole features as tiny as 5 microns is a new service offered by Spectralytics, a contract-manufacturing supplier of specialized high-precision laser services.

The process, developed for medical applications, allows any shape to be drilled through one or both walls of a tubular part, or to ablate spirals or contours on the outside diameter without piercing to the core. Precise depth control ensures repeatable accuracy of features part-to-part.

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The ISO 9002-certified company provides laser processing with Nd:YAG, CO2, excimer and TEA lasers in materials ranging from nitinol to nylon, and hard materials from stainless steel to titanium, as well as exotic and heat-sensitive materials. The company also provides many secondary operations, including electro-polishing and chemical deburring, and has an in-house tool shop and universal tooling for multiple designs.

For more information on Spectralytics' new tube shaping capabilities, call 1-800-543-0163, access the company's website at www.spectralytics.com, or e-mail sales@spectralytics.com.

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