The Center includes a newly installed fiber-laser cutting and etching system

EAST HANOVER, N.J.—The Weiss-Aug Group recently opened its new Laser Lab Technology Center, offering advanced prototyping capabilities, at the company’s  Surgical Products Division in Fairfield, New Jersey. The Laser Lab Technology Center includes new laser cutting and etching machines that expand the capabilities of The Weiss-Aug Group to support the demanding developmental requirements of today’s fast-moving markets, the company said in a press release.

Precision Laser cutting is faster, requires shorter setup, and can process a vast array of raw materials and material tempers compared to traditional CNC technologies, all without sacrificing precision. This leads to quicker turnaround times for prototyping, putting parts in the hands of customers in hours, not days or weeks, the company said.

Equipment in the laser lab includes a new modulated fiber laser system. This latest generation technology enables laser cutting of materials with thicknesses to 1.5 mm (0.059 inch) and delivers high-performance cut accuracy to ±25 µm ( ±0.001 inch). Ultra-high-resolution cameras allow precise 2D and 3D engraving, as well as grave marking.

Company officials say that the combination of this technology with The Weiss-Aug Group’s 3D optical, laser, and touch probe measurement systems allows fast deviation analysis and the creation of digital models for instant feedback to the iterative process. Customers benefit from this by being able to quickly test and modify prototypes to develop the best design.

The Weiss-Aug Group’s foundation in high-volume precision metal stamping and insert-molding ensures that prototypes emulate the manufacturing process, resulting in designs that are cost effective and repeatable, the company said.

“At the end of the day, customers need to quickly iterate designs to feedback into final products and be assured that those part designs are manufacturable,” said Michael Cullen, vice president of engineering at Weiss-Aug Surgical Products, in a prepared statement. “With Weiss-Aug’s 45-plus years of experience and expertise in tooling, metal stamping, and molding, now combined with the latest prototype technologies, we can provide our customers with superior prototypes and superior manufacturing solutions.”

The Surgical Products Division of The Weiss-Aug Group is focused on the development and manufacture of device components and assemblies used in surgical instrumentation. With its facilities in the U.S. and Mexico, The Weiss-Aug Group  provides complete production lines for medical device assemblies, the company said.

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