At Resonetics, laser micromachining is our passion. We seek out new challenges and thrive on pushing the boundaries of science, technology and business so we can solve our customers' most complex problems. This requires a firm commitment to research and development (R&D).
Each year we invest five to six percent of our revenues in R&D. When you want to remain the innovation leader in the field of laser micromachining polymers for life science customers it's money well spent. Customer needs for laser micromachining are always evolving. Resonetics' R&D ensures that we will continue to meet those needs.
Some of the challenges the R&D team handles include:
- Developing advanced optical technology necessary for efficient laser micro-machining. This can include:
- Beam conditioning for excimer and solid-state lasers (homogenization, profile control).
- Proprietary optical architectures of beam splitting, switching and modulation.
- Advanced mask design and fabrication.
- Advanced lens design for projection and scanning optics.
- Study and control of laser-material interaction. This often includes:
- Wave-length, pulse-width, pulse train effects.
- Minimization of the heat affected zone (HAZ) via optimized energy distribution.
- Machining environment control (temperature, humidity, process and cover gases and exhaust).
- Material science work as applied to the materials of interest of our customers.
- Advanced characterization and metrology methods for the products we produce.
- Investigation of novel laser and other technologies for micro-machining environments, such as:
- Short-pulse lasers.
- High pulse-rate lasers.
- Advanced scanners.
- Developing optimal modes of laser utilization and maintenance, laser performance optimization, and interaction with laser vendors in defining advanced laser configurations.
- Developing advanced handling and positioning tools for use in high-efficiency production environments.
We interact with your engineering and R&D staff, especially at early stages of product development, in order to optimize manufacturability and functionality. With five patents issued, four pending and a large number of idea disclosures under review, our team has a demonstrated ability to develop novel solutions to solve manufacturing challenges.