Characteristics of Excimer Laser Ablation for Three Dimensional Machining of PMMA


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In this research, machining characteristics of excimer laser ablation for three-dimensional machining of PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate) is examined. In general, excimer laser ablation of polymeric material has features such as high precision and fine surface quality resulting from a less thermally-affected process, but in an earlier study, a thermal like effect on ablated surface was observed. Therefore, in this research the best machining condition of excimer laser ablation for PMMA by both numerical and experimental approaches was revealed.



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W.B. Lee, C.F. Cheung and S. To




K. Ogura et al., "Characteristics of Excimer Laser Ablation for Three Dimensional Machining of PMMA", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 516, pp. 192-197, 2012

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June 2012




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