Micro Cutting

IPG has a high level of experience in micro cutting

of various materials such as sapphire, Si, GaN

on sapphire, diamond, ceramics, metals and

other materials.


With a wide range of laser sources and

patented beam shaping and delivery

technology IPG is well positioned to

meet the most demanding micro

cutting requirements.


Typical considerations in cutting applications are the accuracy of the cut placement, minimization of the material lost in the cutting process, and minimization of heating damage; all while achieving the maximum possible processing speed.

 “High cut quality” is a subjective parameter that depends on the application and determines the choice of a laser system and configuration of the micromachining system.

For some applications a ‘fixed beam’ is used with the part moving under the beam to create the desired machining pattern.  The part handling stages can have various axes of motion  (X, Y, Z, theta, lathe, etc) coordinated with laser triggering to allow highly complex machining


patterns. Typical positional accuracies are better than 3 microns per 150 mm of stage travel, for stage linear speeds up to about 1 meter/sec.

Galvanometers are typically used for applications that benefit from moving the beam at higher speed over the part. Typically the positional accuracy achieved with galvanometers is not as high as that achieved with linear stages, but recent advances with the galvanometer and their controllers continue to improve their accuracy and repeatability. Typical writing speeds are within 1-5 meters/sec, with short settling times. IPG's Quasi-CW lasers and ultrafast pico and femtosecond lasers are commonly used in micro cutting applications. Complete systems can be provided from the Dual Laser R&D workstations  to semi-automatic and fully automatic systems.

Sapphire Cutting

Sapphire cutting is used for mobile device applications. Typical processes include singulating display covers, camera windows and opening sensor windows within display covers. Sapphire thickness is from 0.1 to 3.0 mm.

System: Sapphire & Silicon Wafer Cutter 

Lasers: Single-mode QCW lasers, multi-mode QCW lasers, picosecond lasers

  sapph cut

Metal Dicing

Dicing of metal wafers that include copper, copper-tungsten, moly and stainless steel is done on wafers and thin films using IPG’s proprietary technology. Beam delivery can be optimized from standard focused beams to proprietary shaped beams to allow for optimization of throughput and quality. Shown here is copper wafer cutting for device singulation.

System: Metal Wafer Cutter

Lasers: Single-mode QCW lasers, multi-mode QCW lasers, picosecond lasers, UV ns pulsed lasers


Ceramic Cutting

IPG’s systems can perform ablative and thermal ceramic cutting and scribing for materials up to 1mm thickness with sub-micron feature placement and dimensional accuracy. The figure shows precision grooves in a ceramic cylinder

System: Ceramic Cutting

Lasers: Single-mode QCW lasers, multi-mode QCW lasers, picosecond lasers, UV ns pulsed lasers

  ceramic cutting 

Polymer Cutting

Part singulation and feature patterning  of polymer films.  Choice of laser type, scanning, or large-field-of view processing to minimize heating effects on sensitive materials while maximizing quality and throughput.

System: Polymer Film Cutting

Lasers: picosecond lasers, green ns pulsed lasers,  UV ns pulsed lasers


Silicon Cutting

Solutions are available for machining smaller diameter wafers from larger  ones, solar-cell downsizing or silicon stencil cutting.  Material thickness up to 1mm. The figure shows 700 µm wafer downsizing, top view and side view.

System: Sapphire & Silicon Wafer Cutter

Lasers: Single-mode QCW lasers, multi-mode QCW lasers, picosecond lasers, green ns pulsed lasers


Diamond Cutting

Diamond Lens Cutting

System: Sapphire & Silicon Wafer Cutter

Lasers: UV ns pulsed lasers, green ns pulsed lasers, picosecond lasers

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