altPhoton Machines (San Diego, CA) has announced the MicroMaster V5, a UV excimer-based micromachining system offering 4-6 ns pulse length and 193 nm or 248 nm wavelength output. It also features 1 μm multi-axis workpiece positioning control with 200 mm square travel, variable apertures for various shapes and sizes down to <5 μm, real-time CCD viewing, debris-free gas nozzle, in-process beam quality monitor, vacuum chuck, and CAD/CAM compatibility. The MicroMaster is suitable for cutting, drilling, and etching of polymers, glass, plastics, ceramics, and thin metals, and is applicable for use in catheter drilling, medical devices, apertures, MEMs, micro-fluidics, ultra-fine wire stripping, and sensor processing.

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