Drilling osmotic pump tablets

Medicine, pharmacy. Tablets on the table

CO2 lasers can be used to drill holes in tablets for controlled release of medication. One or more small holes are drilled in a rigid tablet with a semi-permeable outer membrane and water is absorbed through the membrane by osmosis as the tablet passes through the body. This pushes the active drug through the laser drilled opening(s) in the tablet and into the digestive tract.

Lasers up to 1kW may be used in this application, using high peak power to perform direct beam, single-shot drilling at very high speeds. Alternatively, the laser may be used in conjunction with a 2D scanner for greater flexibility and control of the hole size, depth and shape.

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1000W sealed CO2 laser source

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Could a laser be used to improve your manufacturing process? We can help you to find out by testing samples of your material or product in one of our applications labs. Our applications lab facilities are open to both new and existing customers and OEMs. Our laboratories are well equipped to carry out a range of processes including cutting, marking, engraving, drilling, scribing, ablation and more. We offer rapid sample turnaround times, detailed application reports, and complimentary advice from our experienced applications engineers. Whatever your process, we can help you to determine the best laser for your application.