Weiss-Aug recently announced that it has added a Laser Lab Technology Center to its surgical products division in Fairfield, N.J.
The new laser-cutting and etching machines expand the company’s ability to meet product development demands. A precision metal-stamping, insert-molding and assembly company, Weiss-Aug said that precision laser cutting is faster, requires shorter setup, can process a vast array of raw materials and material tempers compared to that of traditional CNC technologies. This leads to quicker turnaround times for prototyping, putting parts in the hands of customers in hours, not days or weeks.
Equipment in the Laser Lab Technology Center includes a new modulated fiber laser system, which enables laser cutting of materials with thicknesses to 1.5 mm (0.059 in) and delivers high-performance cut accuracy to ±25 µm ( ±0.001 in). Ultra-high-resolution cameras allow precise 2D and 3D engraving, as well as grave marking.
The combination of this technology with Weiss-Aug’s 3D optical, laser and touch-probe measurement systems allows fast deviation analysis and the creation of digital models for instant feedback to the iterative process, according to the company. Customers will benefit from this by being able to quickly test and modify prototypes to develop the best design.
“Customers need to quickly iterate designs to feedback into final products and be assured that those part designs are manufacturable,” says Weiss-Aug Surgical VP of engineering Michael Cullen in a prepared statement. “With Weiss-Aug’s 45+ years of experience and expertise in tooling, metal stamping and molding now combined with the latest prototype technologies, we can provide our customers with superior prototypes and superior manufacturing solutions.”