Hybrid Laser Tech

Hybrid Laser Tech, a division of Shearline Precision Engineering, manufactures and supplies precision laser cut ceramic substrates to a range of industries including microelectronics and medical devices. It uses the most advanced CO2 laser systems to profile, cut and scribe ceramic substrates, metals and other specialised materials, each with their own unique mechanical, electrical, thermal and bio-chemical properties.

HLT also works with R&D departments within the private sector and academia, and applications are extremely varied. Recent projects have included cutting novel alloys, shaping crystals grown under lab conditions, and cutting diverse materials such as leather, graphite, sapphire, ruby, FR4, PZT, silicon and Nitinol (memory metal). Parts are diamond lapped and aqueous cleaned ready for surface coating to help adhesion of circuits.

Services

  • Laser cutting (11 machines) of ceramics, plastics, metals and composites
  • Laser scribing
  • Laser drilling (down to 75 microns), engraving, profiling, scanning (textures surface to improve adhesion)
  • Expertise in high purity ceramic substrates

Technical Capabilities

HLT offers a design and development service using innovative techniques, applying our knowledge of material and laser interaction to achieve technically compliant, manufacturable and cost effective product solutions. The success of the design and development function is dependant upon three key factors – knowledge, innovation and collaboration.

HLT utilise AlphaCam 2D and 3D CAD software, which is compatible with Autodesk, AutoCAD and Solid Works and we have the facility to import and convert most file formats, including DXF, DWG and IGES.

Using the latest CO2 laser systems HLT offer a high quality fast turnaround in profiling, drilling, scribing and engraving a multitude of materials – specialising in the cutting of high purity ceramics.

Laser cutting is a thermal process in which a focused, coherent laser beam is used to melt material in a localised area. A coaxial gas jet is utilised to eject the molten material from the cut, leaving a clean edge. A continuous cut is produced by moving the work piece under CNC control.

Benefits

  • High Quality Cutting – Little or no finishing required
  • Flexibility – simple or complex parts can be processed
  • Non-contact process – no tooling charges
  • Quick Set Up – cost effective small batches
  • Localised and low heat input – low material distortion
  • A multitude of materials can be cut
  • Excellent repeatability and control
  • Precise tolerances can be achieved