By bringing together Swiss Tec AG (a Swiss manufacturer of high-end laser micromachining systems for precision cutting, drilling and welding of complex and intricate work pieces) and the Laser Processing Research Centre at Manchester University, the Photonics KTN has assisted UK academia gain its first laser stent cutting facility; a facility that offers unique clinical and technical services for testing new stent designs and processing technologies and provides researchers in the UK with new opportunities to conduct research in the bourgeoning medical product sector.
On 4 and 5 June 2008 the Photonics KTN organised a 2-day event on ‘Industrial and research opportunities in laser micro and nano processing’ at Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington; bringing together the Association of Laser Users (AILU), The North West Laser Engineering consortium (NWLEC, a strategic alliance between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester in the area of laser engineering for micro- and nano-scale materials processing), the North West Photonic Alliance (NWPA) and the Nanotechnology KTN. As part of this event, the Photonics KTN launched a Laser Micro:Nano Special Interest Group, and it was through the PKTN laser clinic at this event that the link was made between Swiss Tec and Manchester University.
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