CO2 Laser Machining

What can you do with a CO2 laser? CO2 Laser Machining has been an essential tool for several industries since the 1980s. Early implementations were cutting holes and shaping the extremely hard electronics grade ceramics beginning to be used for circuit boards that required very high strength and good heat dissipation from the new high powered circuits. Material hardness is not a deterrent for the high energy CO2 laser beam. Almost any two dimensional shape that can be defined can be produced by the CO2 Laser cutter. As the success of the CO2 Laser machines increased, more and varied materials became candidates for this popular tool.

Can CO2 laser cut metal? Although sheet metals have been cut by milling tools for a long time, the CO2 lasers offered many advantages. The very small laser beam (tool) meant that smaller features could be produced. And tool wear is not a problem with CO2 lasers because the tool is a beam of light and does not wear from friction with the metals.  Very high temperature metals like tungsten or light weight but tough metals like titanium are good candidates.

The range of materials that are suitable for machining with a CO2 laser has expanded greatly with the wide use of these versatile lasers. What can we do for you?

See our  CO2 Laser Processing page for more details of applications.

Ceramics that were laser cut

Ceramics machining

Watch this Space!

Accu-Tech Laser Processing is transitioning to a new larger facility to accommodate our growth! We are moving just down the road and staying in San Marcos, California. Our new facility will give us room for more laser equipment to better serve our customers’ requirements. We expect the move to be complete in 30 days. There should be little to no impact on our part delivery schedules during this time. We do not expect any weather delays since the winters in Southern California are typically warm and dry.

Wishing a Happy Holiday to all especially in these trying times. Be safe, please wear a mask.

Accu-Tech continues to serve our Critical Infrastructure Sector customers by maintaining thorough disinfecting protocols and monitoring the health and well being of our employees.

Corona Virus Covid-19

Accu-Tech is keeping a close eye on the Covid-19 situation. We are following Federal and Health agency guidelines for the safety of our employees and community. We intend to stay open to serve our customers as we are an ESSENTIAL business serving our medical and defense sector customers. Bear with us, as this may cause some delays to other customers. Here is a LINK to the CDC  and their guidelines for safe operations and work and in the community.

Be safe – WEAR A MASK and Wash Your Hands, everyone!

IPC APEX Expo San Diego Feb 4-6, 2020

Accu-Tech booth displaying examples of our laser work. Various members of the Accu-Tech team welcomed present and future customers to our booth at the 2020 Expo in beautiful downtown San Diego, California. One of our principals, Mike Gericke, taking advantage of a short lull in the action to catch up on messages.
We hope to see you there next year!
San Diego’s Convention Center front view

Accu-Tech adds a new laser marker

A new laser marker workstation is up and running at Accu-Tech Laser Processing. This adds to our capabilities for marking, as well as serializing parts for tracking or advertising. Check out our examples of parts with laser marking.

Our laser will put permanent marks on your components, as a result, the laser engraving will not wash off or peel.

Alpha numeric characters, graphics, and barcodes can be laser marked onto a variety of materials, as well as on a variety of sizes of parts. Plastics, metals, and ceramics are a few materials. Medical, defense, and commercial are applications that benefit from marking. Many applications require that components are uniquely identified (serialized) for tracking in addition to traceability.

Below is an example of a laser marked metal business card (standard 3.5″x2″) with logo and text. These metal cards are anodized aluminum. They come in several colors to match your company color scheme. Metal business cards are durable and will stand out from the crowd to promote your business. Our laser marker can help!

metal business card marking
laser maker
laser marking

IPC APEX Expo 2019

The Accu-Tech Team - ready to help you at the IPC Apex Expo

Accu-Tech team at the IPC Apex Expo

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The IPC APEX Expo 2019 in San Diego, CA on January was a great show. Our sales and Engineering team got to put a face to the names of many existing contacts.
They were able to ‘talk shop’ regarding via production on printed circuit boards as well as flex circuit needs. Examples of our ceramic capabilities were on display as well. New contacts found out how Accu-Tech Laser Processing can help with current and future projects.

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IMAPS 2018

imaps logo, this organization produced the expositionPhoto of Accu-Tech Laser team members in our booth at the imaps show
The Accu-Tech team exhibited at the  IMAPS show (International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging). This event was held  October 8-11, 2018 in Pasadena CA . The engineering team discussed possible applications, as well as solutions with visitors to our booth. Laser machining and marking fit well in the field of Microelectronics manufacturing.

Many good contacts were made, as well as, visiting with old friends and business partners.

The next iMAPS show is Oct 2019 in Boston.

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Accu-Tech to install new Laser Workstation

Accu-Tech is in the final phase of integrating a new Laser Workstation into its Micro Via – Flex Panel department. This new laser tool will boost our capacity and add backup systems to better serve our quick turnaround circuit board customers. While this new workstation is already carrying its share of the load. It is going through final checks and updates to boost its capabilities and ease of use. This long wave InfraRed laser is excellent for removing thin dielectric from lower copper layers. This applies to pad production and multilayer connections.

UV-8mil-via PCB Laser

For further capabilities of this new tool, check out our PCB page.

For resistor trimming see  CCT Laser Services