Andy Scherer, our Senior Mechanical Engineer (for more than 20 years) has always said, “It’s just great fun. All the best tools in our garage and we get to play at the things we like.” The flipside is not so much fun, that is, when the right tools aren’t available. Anxious customers would undoubtedly share the sentiment when they are anxiously waiting for their project to materialize. We try to satisfy everyone by adding equipment that expedites our job, and the prototyping process. Access to the right equipment is another way we shave days and sometimes weeks from a development effort.
55 watt laser is a precision industrial welding instrument
Our prototyping team has access to a Piccolaser, 55 watt laser welder. It’s a specialty tool that can weld stainless, aluminum, titanium, and other materials that are tough to join.
The solid state laser is commonly used in the auto, jewelry, dental, and aerospace industries. It is particularly useful for welding thin materials without overheating or significantly affecting their molecular structure. Another benefit, especially for the medical industry is that post processing is reduced to a minimum. With a 0.2mm focus diameter and precision up to 0.002 inches, we can join extremely small parts and still attain uncolored and undistorted welded and polished surfaces.
Tip for surgical handpiece
The laser welder allows us to fabricate parts (a surgical handpiece tip, for instance) that in the past, would have been sent to a niche service bureau for completion. For our customers it means faster product development time. We can make adjustments to small parts on the fly. Testing alternate design configurations is more enterprising when we don’t wait on outside vendors to turn these types of jobs around. Indeed, everyone here including our customers, continue to have fun.