Stent cutting

Metal stent cut by laser
Metal stent cut by laser

A stent is a small tubular framework which is placed inside a blocked vessel or duct to keep it open. Coronary and vascular stents are placed inside the arteries, while stents may also be used in the bile ducts, urinary tract, colon and oesophagus. Depending on their intended use, stents may be made from plastic (e.g., polyethylene, polyurethane, Teflon) or metal (e.g.,stainless steel, nitinol or platinum).

Laser cutting is an attractive process for stent manufacturing. In an application where the smallest defect could have huge implications for patient safety, the laser can cut fine detail accurately and consistently, ensuring that the stents are uniform in shape and size. The entire process can be automated and is therefore fast and efficient.

A laser machine can process a variety of materials, meeting stringent quality standards in each case, making it a versatile solution in this industry.

The LXR® series of ultrashort pulse lasers offers three wavelengths in the infrared, visible and UV spectral regions, enabling a wide range of stent materials to be processed effectively.

Metal stent cutting
Laser cutting a metal stent for the medical industry.

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LXR® series

160W ultrashort pulse laser sources

Applications laboratories

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.