Cailabs, French deeptech company and global leader in light beam shaping announces a partnership with LZH, a mainstay in laser technology research in Germany and abroad, and the leading German center dedicated to producing advanced laser processes. LZH will be using Cailabs technology for ultra-short laser beam shaping to develop new processes in ultra-thin flexible glass cutting.
Used in a wide variety of applications (touch screens, medical devices, automotive industry, etc.), ultra-thin glass holds the advantage over thicker glasses and polymers in elasticity, flexibility, chemical stability and scratch resistance.
According to LZH, this growing sector is expected to reach $ 20,800 million over the next 4 years, including touchscreen and semiconductor markets as well as next-generation products such as foldable smartphones, roll-up batteries or curved screens.
It was at the international ICALEO conference in October 2018 in Orlando that Cailabs presented its new CANUNDA-PULSE ultra-short laser beam shaping product, a passive component for precise and complex shaping of ultra-short laser beams while maintaining optimal beam quality.
The defining characteristics of Cailabs technology are of great interest to LZH, in particular for developing new laser-cutting and drilling processes for transparent materials.
This partnership will start with a preliminary phase to evaluate the compatibility of the Cailabs technology with ultra-fine glass processing. If successful, it will continue with development of a process adapted to the limits of an already identified industry partner.
“We are happy to begin a partnership where we can combine our expertise in shaping with the expertise of LZH, recognized in the development of laser processes,” explains Jean-François Morizur, CEO of Cailabs.
“Beam shape modules will significantly improve micro processing,” says Dr.-Ing. Oliver Suttmann, Head of Production and Systems Department of the LZH. “Therefore, we very much look forward to start the tests with Cailabs.”
The LZH and Cailabs will present first results in a talk at the ICALEO 2019.
Founded in 1986 by the Ministry of Economics, Labor, Transport and Digitalization of Lower Saxony in Germany, Laser Zentrum Hannover eV (LZH) is dedicated to the advancement of laser technology and selfless promotion of applied research in this field. Their key areas of research are in optical systems and components, optical production technologies, biomedical photonics. Interdisciplinary partnerships between scientists and engineers pave the way for innovative approaches to challenges in component development for process-specific laser systems in a wide variety of laser applications, such as medical technology or light construction in the automotive sector.
Cailabs and LZH work together to develop new laser-cutting and drilling processes for transparent materials such as 100 µm thick glass. (Photo: LZH)