Tech Talks: Photonics/Optics

Laser Cutting of Medical Stents


As humans live increasingly longer lives, medical technology is improving the quality of those lives. To combat the rise in ailments such as obesity and cardiovascular disease that accompany longer lifespans, the medical industry is turning to state-of-the-art technologies such as laser processing. A good example of new technology used to address fibrillation, coagulation, and other cardiac issues is the laser manufacturing of implantable devices, such as stents, that aid clinicians in reducing surgery and recovery times in patients. Stents must be cut precisely to very thin wall thicknesses with burr-free surfaces, and laser technology is the perfect tool for achieving the accuracy necessary for these applications.

In this 10-minute Tech Talk, learn more about the advantages of using state-of-the-art laser technology to process stents and other cardiac devices in this rapidly changing world of advanced medical technology. Viewers will be able to submit questions for the speaker.


Eliana Fu, Ph.D., Industry Manager, Aerospace and Medical, TRUMPF

Dr. Eliana Fu is TRUMPF’s Industry Manager for Aerospace and Medical. After working extensively in the traditional manufacturing space with Firth Rixson and TIMET, she transitioned to working in the additive manufacturing field, with tenures at SpaceX and Relativity Space, before joining TRUMPF. Eliana previously was an advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Advanced Manufacturing Committee and currently serves on the Technical Advisory Board of IperionX and Fortius Metals. She is a member of SME’s Additive Manufacturing Technical Community Leadership Committee and recently was awarded the TCT Women in 3D Printing Innovator award for 2022. Eliana holds a Ph.D. from Imperial College London.


Amanda Hosey, Editor, SAE Media Group

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