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Fibre laser cutting of polycaprolactone sheet for stents manufacturing: a feasibility study

The role of the stent is temporary and it is limited to the intervention and shortly thereafter. Bioresorbable polymer stents were introduced to overcome this problem, making the stent manufacturing process rather difficult considering the complexity of the material. The stent forecast sale makes constant technology development necessary on this field. The adaptation of the laser manufacturing industry to these new materials is costly, thus further studies employing different sorts of lasers are necessary. This paper aims to explore the feasibility of 1.08 µm wavelength fibre laser to cut polycaprolactone sheet, which is especially interesting for long-term implantable devices, such as stents. The laser cut samples were analysed by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Tensile Stress Test, and Optical Microscopy in order to study the effects of the laser process over the workpiece. The parameters measured were: taper angle, dimensional precision, material structure changes and mechanical properties changes. Results showed a dimensional precision above 95.75% with a taper angle lower than 0.033°. The laser ablation process has exhibited a minor influence upon material properties. Results exhibit the feasibility of fibre laser to cut polycaprolactone, making the fibre laser an alternative to manufacture stents

The authors acknowledge the financial support from Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), Spain for its PhD scholarship and grants from DPI2013-45201-P and University of Girona (UdG), Spain MPCUdG2016/036

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Manager: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Espanya)
Author: Farjas, Jordi
Guerra, Antonio Jesús
Farjas Silva, Jordi
Ciurana, Quim de
Abstract: The role of the stent is temporary and it is limited to the intervention and shortly thereafter. Bioresorbable polymer stents were introduced to overcome this problem, making the stent manufacturing process rather difficult considering the complexity of the material. The stent forecast sale makes constant technology development necessary on this field. The adaptation of the laser manufacturing industry to these new materials is costly, thus further studies employing different sorts of lasers are necessary. This paper aims to explore the feasibility of 1.08 µm wavelength fibre laser to cut polycaprolactone sheet, which is especially interesting for long-term implantable devices, such as stents. The laser cut samples were analysed by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Tensile Stress Test, and Optical Microscopy in order to study the effects of the laser process over the workpiece. The parameters measured were: taper angle, dimensional precision, material structure changes and mechanical properties changes. Results showed a dimensional precision above 95.75% with a taper angle lower than 0.033°. The laser ablation process has exhibited a minor influence upon material properties. Results exhibit the feasibility of fibre laser to cut polycaprolactone, making the fibre laser an alternative to manufacture stents
The authors acknowledge the financial support from Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), Spain for its PhD scholarship and grants from DPI2013-45201-P and University of Girona (UdG), Spain MPCUdG2016/036
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/2072/294496
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Rights: Tots els drets reservats
Subject: Làsers -- Aplicacions industrials
Lasers -- Industrial applications
Pròtesis de Stent -- Fabricació
Stents (Surgery) -- Construction
Polímers -- Biodegradació
Polymers -- Biodegradation
Title: Fibre laser cutting of polycaprolactone sheet for stents manufacturing: a feasibility study
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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