Detailed Structuring for High-Precision Components
Laser processing of Technical Ceramics includes a multitude of high-precision processes, including imaging the detailed geometries in the material. CERIX offers the creation of intricate structures, precise lettering as well as targeted processing of surfaces in the micrometer range with special laser technology.
Laser as an alternative to hard machining
Technical ceramics is a material that is characterized, among other things, by its outstanding hardness. However, it is precisely this property that can cause problems in fine machining: the necessary tools are expensive and the process times are long, which drives up the costs for reworking and fine machining. Laser structuring enables processing without tools and is therefore wear-free. It also opens up completely new processing possibilities - cracks and other damage are avoided, and the quality and mechanical properties of the component are not affected by laser processing.
Advanced Ceramics Portfolio of Laser Processing
Laser-Generated Surface Skimming
Selective laser-generated surface skimming is able to remove extremely thin layers of the ceramic to realize for example 3D cavities. The highly precise application of energy enables the production of the most intricate structures.
Laser-Drilling and Laser-Cutting
Lasers can also operate as cutting devices. Laser drilling enables high precision drilling of extremely small diameters (40 micrometers and more), for examples for coolant bores or venting.
Structuring means imaging regularily arranged geometries in the surface in order to deliberately modify the technical properties. The structuring process is in the range of micrometers and allows for fine adjusting the component functionality.
When processing functional surfaces, components can be specifically roughened in order to enhance their adhesive properties for lubrication films or their tribological characteristics. This is typically used for the production of air bearing and friction bearing shafts.
Letters and markings can be permanently applied on the ceramic parts via laser labeling. Part numbers and identification marks facilitate the traceability of the component.