Many solid-state power electronics, including those used in high-powered LED, RF/Microwave, electric vehicle, train and rail, electrical infrastructures, and military applications rely on physically and thermally robust ceramic materials as a base. These ceramic materials are bonded to thermally and electrically conductive metals to help transfer thermal energy to heat spreaders/ heat sinks and away [...] Read More
Accumet Engineering, Inc., located in Hudson, MA and Laser Services Inc, located in Westford, MA are pleased to announce we have offically merged under the brand name Accumet. Accumet is well known for pioneering advanced precision lapping and polishing approaches to ceramic, silica, and metals, while Laser Services is a leader in providing, fast, dependable, and precise laser cutting, [...] Read More
There are vast opportunties for a medical tool, instrument, or device designer to leverage the power of laser cutting, marking, and welding technology to create innovative and disruptive solutions in healthcare. Examples include exploring new metals and alloys that might otherwise be impossible to weld for next-generation surgical and dental tools, precision cutting of adhesives to provide [...] Read More
Accumet is an experienced and respected microelectronic materials supplier and proud to be a reseller and processing center for Kyocera®, Ceramtec®, and CoorsTek® ceramic substrates and other materials. We offer stocking and processing plans to meet your production schedules perfectly, and can deliver quick prototypes and samples to your desired thicknesses, surface finishes, shapes [...] Read More
Lapping, polishing, and grinding are machining techniques that refine a substrate to exact dimensions and tolerances for optimal circuit metallization during both thick and thin film circuit technology procedures. Because the “as-fired”, or as delivered, condition of ceramic, fused silica, or titanate substrates are most often imperfect (wavy, pitted, bumpy, varied in thickness), one or [...] Read More
We are proud to announce the release of our new tech brief! Aimed at high power circuit and system designers, the brief details the common ceramic and semiconductor material choices encountered by designers, and offers insight on the advantages, disadvantages, and tradeoffs of each so as to allow for informed decision making that leads to ideal performance and yields.
Among the choices for materials [...] Read More
With advances in laser processing techniques being unveiled everyday, here are 5 myths we’d like to debunk for you that may have kept you from thinking laser machining was the answer to your industrial cutting challenges.
Myth #1: Laser cutting certain materials is new
Laser cutting was first introduced in the 1960s and became widely adopted in the early 1980s. Today, laser machining [...] Read More
The potential benefit of functionally integrated components made of steel and aluminum has sparked global research in methods to weld these two dissimilar staple metals for many years. The ability to leverage steel and aluminum alloys in mixed metallic components could dramatically reduce the weight of automobiles and planes without sacrificing mechanical strength, and offers consumer and medical device [...] Read More
Choice of ceramic materials, circuit layouts, and singulation methods are key to achieving the required cost, fabrication time, size, weight, and yield of your laserprocessed microelectronics substrates.
When it comes to shaping, drilling, and singulating circuit ceramic substrates, lasers offer key advantages compared to other methods, such as mechanical dicing (with a saw or die), water jetting, [...] Read More
Understanding laser ablation vs. chemical etching and solder dams when looking to control solder flow or remove layers of unwanted materials from a printed circuit board (PCB) or integrated circuit (IC), is pretty basic science.
Laser ablation is a process that removes layers of materials from the surface of a solid object while leaving the base material intact. It offers built-in advantages that [...] Read More
Compared to silk screen printing, vibro or dot peening, machine routing, and chemical etching, laser marking is a faster, cleaner, and more versatile etching and marking approach.
When selecting a marking method, manufacturers need to consider the key factors important to them, which are often driven by market forces or the type of application in which they are invested. Durability of [...] Read More
Asking the right Laser Processing questions early in the relationship can avoid challenges later.
If you think you might have a project that requires laser processing, such as cutting, welding, drilling, marking or etching, there are certain things you should find out before moving forward. Whether you are an expert in this field or only have limited experience working with a laser [...] Read More
As a full-service materials processing and laser machining center, we're committed to behaving like a value-added stocking distributor for all your RF/microwave, medical, and industrial material needs. We're the supply chain partner who understands the importance of just-in-time delivery of all your critical ceramic substrates, adhesives, frozen epoxies, metals, foils, plastics, EMI [...] Read More
Accumet is a key supplier to many dental and surgical tool manufacturers. We optimize the manufacturability of these tools during the prototype phases. We regularly work with designers at these companies during the design and prototype phase to optimize the manufacturability of these tools. Once prototypes have been approved we have the staff and capability to handle full scale production.
We provide [...] Read More
Do you have an application that requires intricate patterns cut in a tube? Do you need tubes with holes through one side?
From cutting patterns in titanium tubing for world class bicycles or rotary marking surgical instruments, Accumet can do it. We have capacity to cut, drill or mark from 10" in diameter down to a .050".
Learn more about our services and how we can help you and contact [...] Read More
Accumet is your go-to resource for your microwave assemblies that utilize silicon rubber, reinforced silicon rubber, Teflon, RF absorber material, and frozen epoxy.
We can provide these parts as separate items or in complete matched sets, pre-kitted for your assembly floor. We stock all of these materials to ensure fast lead times and lower costs.
Contact our technical support team to get [...] Read More
Product manufacturers may wish to consider laser marking as an alternative to screen printing (also called silk screening) when looking to permanently mark a surface such as with a bar code, a serial number, a logo, or calibration settings. Depending on the application, laser marking and screen printing each have their pluses and minuses — although for most applications laser marking is faster, [...] Read More
Laser ablation is a process that product manufacturers may wish to consider when looking to remove unwanted materials from a part’s surface or when they wish to control solder flow on a PCB — typically so excess solder does not travel where it’s not supposed to and cause electrical shorting. For cleaning a surface the technology that laser ablation typically replaces is chemical milling. [...] Read More
Each method has its relative pluses and minuses and no one method fits every situation. The thickness of the stock to be cut, hardness of the stock, whether or not the stock is stacked or layered, your cost and timing requirements, and the desired condition of the material after it’s been cut are among the key factors that determine which method is right for a particular job. There are also some [...] Read More
With an aging global population and a surge of innovative new healthcare related technologies, it is no surprise that the medical device and tooling industry is expanding rapidly, and competition is increasing. The latest in medical tool and device designs, such as sensors, tubes, and surgical tools and devices, are now demanding levels of precision that are forcing manufacturers to leverage new fabrication [...] Read More
When the object you wish to engrave has a circumference, the method of choice is typically rotary engraving, especially if you wish to engrave the object on more than one side. It is usually far easier to rotate the object on a spindle than it is to rotate the engraving equipment around the object. Most rotary engraving falls into one of two broad camps. One is mechanical rotary engraving, in which [...] Read More
Product designers and process engineers considering laser welding as an alternative to more conventional types of welding, such as MIG/TIG arc welding, will find each has its plusses and minuses. But for many applications laser welding is a cleaner, more precise, and more controlled method of welding and is especially useful when looking to bond small, thin materials such as medical tools, foils, and [...] Read More
Accumet has acquired a new laser marking system that enables us to provide higher quality marking on a wider range of materials and surfaces, all facilitating a fast delivery on marking requirements.
The 50 Watt TYKMA Electrox fiber laser marking system allows for up to 5-axis marking with frequency capabilities up to 50,000x per second. This new system is a vast improvement over the prior [...] Read More
“We’re responding to customer demand to cut, drill, weld, and mark a wider range of thicker, denser, and more diverse metals and materials than ever before,” said Greg Sexton, President of Accumet, “Our new fiber-guided laser has an incredibly focused beam and ultra-precise motion for advanced processing needs. And the table we had them customize handles sheets up to 10 feet.”
The [...] Read More
Without the right laser choices and expertise a job shop might set you up to accept limitations you might not have to, take twice as long to process a job, could aid in you failing incoming visual inspections, provide limited bond strength, and ultimately create lower yields and higher costs. “Trying it” on an ill-equipped laser, in other words, is not something you want to endure.
But [...] Read More
From bio implants, to surgical instruments, to lab equipment, and more, a wide range of products in the medical field have very similar requirements when it comes to welding medical devices.
Here’s a question: If you manufacture devices, tools, instruments, or appliances for the medical industry - whether for the surgical suite, hospital lab, medical clinic, dental office, or other [...] Read More
The design of your microelectronics circuit is a huge factor in determining whether its ceramic substrate can be laser cut. Here are some factors to consider as you design.
Almost every week it happens — an electronics component manufacturer asks if we can cut the ceramic substrate of a microelectronics circuit they have already designed. Of course we’re always happy to take a look. [...] Read More
When you need an ally that can help you with prototypes ahead of the volume order, the best partner will be able to answer some key questions right up front.
- Can this idea be manufactured within the budget and timeframe specified?
- Will they break, corrode, or otherwise be damaged either during manufacturing or later when deployed in the actual application?
- Are the materials, [...] Read More
At Accumet, we're rpoud to announce that over half of our business is in support of the medical instrument and device industry. On the front end, we consult with research universities and corporate labs for materials research. On the back end, we work with design engineers on device design and manufacturability. We are also involved with the production of surgical tools, surgical trays, medical [...] Read More
If you’re looking to engrave a barcode, serial number, photograph, piece of artwork, a logo, or some decorative lettering onto a curved object, then laser rotary engraving is your best option. Mechanical rotary engraving methods such as diamond dragging, stamping or dot peening tend to be slower, require more setup time, and are more limited in the variety of patterns they can engrave. Lasers [...] Read More
Invented in 1960, the laser was introduced to the plant floor just five years later when the first production laser-cutting machine was used to drill holes in diamond dies. But even though lasers have had a long and successful history in manufacturing, people still have a lot of questions about them in that role. So we thought it would be helpful to have our resident expert, Laser Man, answer the top [...] Read More
Laser welding is much cleaner than conventional arc or Tig welding, and therefore helps risk of contamination. It’s also more precise, easier to automate, and provides for bonding of much thinner metals, and provides for much greater tensile and bending strength.
If arc welding is typically part of your product manufacturing process you may wish to consider laser welding instead. Unlike [...] Read More
When you see BYOB on a party invitation, you know what your host wants you to do. And when you have a BYOD policy at work, you know your boss wants you to bring your own device (smartphone or laptop) to the office. Both BYOB and BYOD are very popular. So what about BYOL? Is buying your own laser a good idea too?
For most manufacturers, probably not, and here’s why:
BYOL Carries Costs and [...] Read More
Accumet stocks and delivers a variety of high-performance frozen epoxies from Ablestik™, Emerson & Cuming, and Henkel. The most popular frozen epoxy we work with is Ablestik’s Ablefilm® 5025E – a silver-filled, unsupported epoxy adhesive-film designed to provide very thin, uniformed bond lines. These high-performance epoxies are kept in stock, and laser cut and drilled while [...] Read More
If you are a product manufacturer how do you know which technology is a better way to cut your materials: laser cutting or water jet cutting? (We covered the relative merits of a third technology, die cutting, in another blog article.) As with most things in life, no one answer fits every situation. The thickness of the material to be cut, your cost and timing requirements, and the desired condition [...] Read More
To reduce project risk, cost and delays, don’t wait until the last minute to engage your laser services provider.
When it comes to laser services a lot of customers want it done yesterday. That may be because windows of opportunities are closing, or because downstream assemblers are waiting for the part, or because revenue targets are at risk — or maybe because there was not sufficient [...] Read More
When considering laser services like cutting, etching, or welding don’t just buy a part; hire a design partner. You’ll reduce costs, speed up production and get a better product.
There are many questions to consider when assessing what’s the value of a manufactured part or component to your end product, your business and your end user-customer. Questions like: How much will the [...] Read More
We'll get you to market faster, with better products and help you lower your total build cost, too.
To remain competitive and satisfy their customers’ increasingly frequent demands for ever-faster delivery, manufacturing companies face a seemingly impossible contradiction. On the one hand, in order to scale production and exploit best-of-breed competencies they are looking to outsource [...] Read More
Accumet has released a new video that focuses on their ceramic alumina substrate processing capabilities, specifically quick-turn laser cutting and drilling.
In addition to being experts in laser cutting, drilling, marking, etching, and scribing ceramic substrates, Accumet provides secondary lapping, polishing, grinding and more, as the video reveals. To satisfy fast turnaround requirements, [...] Read More
Accumet has announced the addition of a new metrology system for measuring precision parts. The Boulder Imaging ML Series metrology system measures and records single or multiple high-precision, two-dimensional parts in seconds, dramatically reducing inspection time
As a full-service, high-power laser company for precision laser cutting, drilling, scribing, marking and welding, Accumet realized [...] Read More
Here are 3 Simple Reasons the Laser is King Over DIE Cutting
You see, the thing about laser cutting is, well, it’s not just one thing – unless we’re referring to the monochromatic, coherent, collimated power surge generated by the light beam itself – but let’s not delve into a physics lesson here. We might find ourselves lost in the land of limits, summations, [...] Read More
Accumet's former Laser Services facility in Westford, MA is currently ISO 2015 and AS-9100C registered. The certificate number is 16677 and it was issued October 30, 2016. (Accumet's Hudson, MA operation will be soon completing the registration under the new corporate name in early 2019). The certification verifies a company commitment to a Total Quality Management System as: “applicable [...] Read More