LPKF introduces the new ProtoLaser(TM) 100 laser structuring system
Jan 06, 2005
Combining a sophisticated laser with an advanced PCB plotter
LPKF Laser & Electronics announces the new ProtoLaser 100, an easy-to-operate high-performance laser structuring system for printed circuit board prototyping that combines the milling, drilling and contour routing capabilities of an advanced LPKF ProtoMat® PCB plotter. The ProtoLaser 100 is ideal for producing high-quality RF and microwave boards on a variety of materials from FR4 to PTFE-based substrates, as well as for structuring, cutting and drilling.
Its new laser beam technology isolates the circuits from the copper layer and removes non-contacting copper between them. A board can be structured at speeds up to 6 sq. cm (1 sq. in.) per minute, producing circuit paths as small as 50 µm (2 mils). The 1 mil (25 micron) laser beam delivers sharp artwork definition, especially in corners. Plotter milling tools are changed automatically, so the system can operate unattended. Both the laser head and the plotter milling head use an optical fiducial recognition system to ensure precise alignment of the laser-structured area on the PCB with the mechanically milled area.
The ProtoLaser 100 is completely self-contained and easy to set up and use, requiring no chemicals or external chilling systems. An integrated dust extraction system removes all laser and milling-generated debris, so the system is safe to operate in any work environment. Included LPKF CAM software automatically manages all tool parameters, as well as the interaction between laser and mechanical machining.
More information is available at LPKF's web site: www.lpkfusa.com