Femtosecond laser micromachining enables next-gen implantable medical devices

Oct. 30, 2013
In a partnership, Palmaz Scientific, Spectra-Physics, and Innovative Laser Technologies (ILT) have demonstrated femtosecond laser micromachining of next-generation implantable medical devices.

In a partnership, Palmaz Scientific (Dallas, TX), Spectra-Physics (Santa Clara, CA), and Innovative Laser Technologies (ILT; Minneapolis, MN) have demonstrated femtosecond laser micromachining of next-generation implantable medical devices. Using Spectra-Physics’ femtosecond lasers and ILT’s machining systems, Palmaz Scientific has demonstrated fabrication of implantable stents with advanced, fine surface nanotechnologies for biocompatibility.

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Palmaz Scientific fabricated the next-generation implantable stents using ILT’s VersaSTC system with a Spectra-Physics' Spirit industrial femtosecond laser. The VersaSTC system was developed for precision laser processing of small tubes (under 25 mm in diameter) utilizing the company's HMI2200 system controller. The Spirit laser delivers femtosecond pulses with ideal beam characteristics and programmable repetition rates for cold micromachining with no heat-affected zone or collateral damage.

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