Maximize the volume of material that can be removed in the shortest period of time without damaging a ceramic work piece.
Feasibility academic work used CO2 lasers to machine laboratory-sized samples with single-point cutting tools. This project will address more complex machining operations using more energy-efficient lasers with one or more optical fibers synchronized with the cutting tool motion in the work zone.
Laser-assisted machining ceramics can produce shapes not possible by grinding or significantly reduce time to grind parts, both of which save money.
The unique properties of advanced engineered ceramics can be used to increase engine efficiency, lower pollution, and improve the quality of life in medical applications.