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Transparent Laser Plastic Welding

Dec 06, 2016

New fiber laser technology allows for the output of higher laser wavelengths, with the best results typically around 2,000 nm, significantly higher than the average 808 nm to 1064 nm diode laser used for traditional laser plastic welding. Because these higher wavelengths are more readily absorbed by thermoplastics than the infra-red radiation of traditional plastic welding, it is possible to weld two clear polymers without any colorants or absorbing additives. Common Applications will mostly fall in the medical industry for devices like catheters and microfluidic devices. The heavy use of transparent plastics, especially flexible polymers like TPU, TPE and PVC, in the medical device industry makes transparent laser welding a natural fit. Also, the process requires no laser absorbing additives or colorants making testing and meeting biocompatibility requirements significantly easier.