Roland DG Corporation, a manufacturer of desktop fabrication devices worldwide, has recently declared the start of a joint research relationship with GPI, the Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries located in Hamamatsu. The collaboration will study the application of femtosecond laser technology to the fields of 3D fabrication and healthcare where Roland DG is currently exploring various options to expand its business.
A femtosecond laser is an ultrashort pulse of intense light which is concentrated at a femtosecond (one quadrillionth of a second). Peak power is generated by compressing and oscillating the pulse length of a laser to a few femtoseconds. Melting or thermal damage to the irradiated area and its surroundings are reduced due to the laser’s ablation effect* making femtosecond lasers highly effective when fabricating with extremely hard materials with exceptional accuracy, or when trying not to damage nearby tissues during an operation such as used in Lasik eye surgery.
Hisashi Bito, Executive Officer and division vice president of Easy Shape business development at Roland DG, said, “Through this joint research, our company is aiming to explore the possibility of applying femtosecond laser technology to our 3D digital fabrication and healthcare areas with the objective of producing the first desk-top femtosecond laser fabrication machine.”