HELIDRILL - Helical laser drilling system for micro vents and conducts

Oliver Nottrodt talks about the HELIDRILL assessment.

Model of the integrated drilling optics
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Model of the integrated drilling optics


The adjustment of a number of optical components determines the beam guiding for different hole geometries. To use it in an industrial environment, a high performance control system is required which enables precise, robust and repeatable adjustment. Users require a prolonged mean time to maintenance and adjustment procedures have to be simplified. Application-specific space constraints of the tool require smaller and remote focusing modules to drill at currently inaccessible positions. Another challenge is to provide a convenient user interface with process monitoring capabilities for reliable processing in a diverse set of system configurations.


The efforts which are invested into the technological robustness of the system are driven by the requirements of the industrial user, P&G / Braun. In their tool shop, precision micro holes for injection moulding tools are needed to realise innovative injection moulding processes. The use of those new tools and processes opens the possibility to realise products with new features that provide unique selling points in the market.

The HELIDRILL system is a strategic product on the technology roadmap of S&F. Within the growing market for high-precision ultrafast laser processing, S&F will extend its product range by this drilling technology. Besides its use for vents, the technology can also be applied to areas such as technical filters and semiconductor devices.

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