On-Demand Webinars: Medical

Overcoming Mediocrity in Cylindrical Laser Processing of Medical Devices


Laser processing has been used for decades to manufacture tubular medical devices, such as stents, valves, and vascular grafts. However, achieving the precision that is necessary for high-volume production is more challenging now than ever before. Driven by growth in minimally invasive surgeries and a desire to reach further into the body, devices continue to get smaller and/or more complex. Additionally, laser processing requirements are becoming more stringent to address laser-material interactions that are triggered by exotic new materials. Part accuracy and throughput requirements are also higher than ever before to meet strict qualification standards and manufacturing efficiency goals. To overcome these challenges, tool providers, and even users, must have a good understanding of precision machine design fundamentals and modern motion control techniques.

This 30-minute Webinar will focus on ways to improve your tubular laser processing systems. An expert with nearly a decade of experience solving challenging precision motion control and automation challenges for the medical device industry will address:

  • Machine design fundamentals that can drastically affect throughput and quality
  • Control techniques that get the most out of a given machine
  • Laser coordination techniques to uncouple material processing quality from motion optimization

In addition, attendees will learn:

  • How to assess machine designs from different vendors and/or improve their own designs
  • See which control features they could use on their own to get the most out of existing machines on the floor
  • Find out how to augment their laser processing parameters to achieve consistent processing quality in various motion scenarios

Who Should Attend:

  • Manufacturing and process development engineers employed by medical device companies who work with new product development groups to get new device designs onto the production floor
  • Automation equipment engineers responsible for developing custom in-house tools for applications where off-the-shelf equipment isn’t adequate
  • Anyone responsible for sourcing outside OEM equipment or who works with custom machine providers for device manufacturing
  • Anyone involved with designing or sourcing precision manufacturing machines (the concepts in this Webinar apply to many non-medical applications and machine types)


William S. Land II, Mechanical Engineer and Business Development Manager, Aerotech


Bruce Bennett, Editor, Tech Briefs Media