6D Laser is purpose-driven to address the current limitations of existing laser processing systems largely due to sub-optimal positioning systems used by systems integrators. 6D Laser tackles this problem by integrating ultra-fast laser material processing, 6D nanometer-level precision motion control solutions, and proprietary, patent pending, methodologies to further enhance and optimize the system integration.
6D Laser vertically integrates all sub-systems required for precision laser micro-processing. We do this by forming strategic partnerships with key component and subsystem suppliers. This is necessary to achieve the goals of demanding precision applications for our current and prospective customers.
High Performance Planar Processing
6D Laser’s infinite field of view solution combines the precision galvo scanning of SCANLAB’s XLSCAN system with ALIO’s precision monolithic XY stages for superior UFV™accuracy. As customers’ requirements of laser microprocessing applications become more demanding, the performance of legacy systems do not meet the specifications for accuracy, repeatability, and precision.
High-Throughput Polygon Scanning Solutions
With the recent considerable increases in the average power of ultrafast lasers, there became a need to increase the scanning speed in order to avoid unwanted thermal effects. Polygon scanning addresses this need by offering increased laser processing throughput with increased flying speed to 100 m/s or more. 6D Laser has partnered with Next ScanTechnology to provide fully integrated planar laser processing systems that combine ALIO’s precision motion stages with high-throughput polygon scanners.
5 Axis Laser Micromachining Systems
As manufacturing geometries continue to increase in complexity, the need to control angle of incidence (AOI) for non-planar substrates becomes crucial. 6D Laser’s large format integrated 5-axis laser processing system combines ALIO’s Laser Gimbal motion system with high-speed galvo scanning to allow processing of complex 3D geometries.
Hybrid Hexapod® Based Micromachining Systems
Laser micro-machining of fine features using ablative methods leads to the formation of steep wall taper angles when drilling or milling deep features (>100 microns). The traditional solution to this problem is to employ a 5-axis precession scan head. 6D Laser’s alternative approach is to control the taper angle by varying the AOI using ALIO’s 6-D Hybrid Hexapod®. By combining the high-speed scanning of the galvos, with the multi-axis motion control of the Hybrid Hexapod®, 6D Laser can take full advantage of the unique processing capabilities of ultrafast lasers, without the need for a costly precession scan head, thereby lowering the barrier to entry for precision laser micro-machining.