22 May 2008

Opportunities for laser micromachining: developments and applications in the medical sector

  • Sector: Medical Sector
  • Location: Cork, Ireland
  • Attendees: All Welcome

AILU one-day technology workshop with presentations, an exhibition and tour

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The National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Cork, Ireland.  DIRECTIONS to NMCI
Tel: +353 (0) 21 497 0600

Chair Pat Forristal Vice President, International Advanced Operations, Stryker Orthopaedics & Chairman, Irish Medical Devices Association

About this workshop

The precision and speed of laser processing make it the ideal tool for manufacturing many medical devices and related items. The workshop will be invaluable for designers and production engineers in the medical sector and to all manufacturers of precision components and assemblies in general.

The use of lasers for materials processing has become increasingly important in the field of medical device manufacture due to their precision, flexibility and ability to work at small scales for the minaturisation of medical components. Mass-produced components range from medical devices, medical instruments and implants as well as sub-systems. Lasers can be used for many processes, such as circuit fabrication, encapsulation, marking, welding and microhole drilling.

In this meeting, both the commercial use of laser processing technology and research into improving medical device manufacture is addressed. Themes include:
(i) applications of lasers in medical equipment and device manufacture;
(ii) production improvement techniques for medical device manufacture; and
(iii) case studies showing laser techniques and sources developed for the medical sector.

Who should attend?

This workshop promises to be a valuable day for anyone with an interest or involvement in medical device manufacture. The wide scope of the workshop should give delegates an excellent overview of the many opportunities that lasers offer to medical applications. The workshop will be of interest to medical device manufacturers, medical supply companies, laser users, laser source manufacturers and suppliers, laser-based engineering subcontractors and machine integrators, all of whom will find opportunities to benefit from the rapid growth in the medical sector, and enhance their supply chain partnerships.

Programme overview

08:30 Registration and refreshments
09:10 Welcome and Introduction
Pat Forristal (Chair)

09:20 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Generation of biocompatible 2-D and 3-D structures for medical implants
Andreas Ostendorf LZH (DE)

9:55 Production of medical instruments
Frank White Stryker Instruments (IRL)

10:20 Laser-assisted manufacturing of medical devices
Nadeem Rizvi Laser Micromachining (GB)

10:45 Refreshment break

11:15 Stop on layer laser processing of medical devices
David Gillen Blueacre Technology (IRL)

11:40 Laser processing for enhanced biomedical applications
Dermot Brabazon Dublin City University (IRL)

12:05 Advances in micromachining: how to apply it to the medical sector
Martin Sharp LLEC (GB)

12:30 Lightfactory 2020
Tony Flaherty NCLA, Galway (IRL)

12:50-13:50 Lunch & EXHIBITION

13:50 Framework programme 7 and SMEs: Towards Europe
Sean Burke Enterprise Ireland (IRL)

14:00 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Novel laser processes for functionalization and packaging of medical components
Arnold Gilner Fraunhofer, ILT, Aachen (DE)


14:35 Ultrafast lasers for medical device manufacture
Alan Ferguson Oxford Lasers (GB)

14:45 Cutting, welding and marking case studies for medical instrumentation and implants
Jonathan Magee Rofin-Baasel (GB)

14:55 Fine Cutting Head: cuts invisible kerf
Jürgen Bock Precitec (DE)

15:05-15:35 Refreshment break

15:35 Laser welding of plastics and its application in the medical sector
Birk Plönnigs Jenoptik (DE)

15:45 Medical device and instrument micro welding and cutting with fibre lasers
Louise Partridge SPI Lasers (GB)

15:55 AILU / AILU Ireland
Leo Sexton LaserAge (IRL)
Mike Green AILU (GB)

16:15 AILU's Medical Group
Anna O'Neil AILU (GB)

16:25-17:05 TOUR

Workshop Information


The National Maritime College of Ireland,
Ringaskiddy, Cork, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0) 21 497 0600


Delegates will receive name badges and CDs including slides or notes of presentations. A buffet lunch will also be provided together with refreshments throughout the day. Please advise us of any special dietary needs.


The exhibition will be located near the area where morning refreshments and lunch are served, adjacent to the meeting room. The Centre will be open from 07:45 for exhibitors wishing to set up their tables before registration. Table tops of 80 x 160 cm will be provided, but not backboards.


AILU members need only give their names, by phone +44 (0)1235 539595 or email to Otherwise a registration form should be completed and sent to either CAMMS (for Euro charges) OR AILU (to pay in GBP).

Contact CAMMS for payments in Euros (€):
For registration in Euros please contact the CAMMS office at the CIT (Cork Institute of Technology), Cork, Ireland.

The contact details are: Centre for Advanced Manufacturing & Management Systems (CAMMS), Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Cork Institute of Technology, Rossa Avenue, Cork. Tel: +353 (0)21 432 6264 Fax: +353 (0)21 454 6468 email:

Contact AILU for payments in GBP (£):
For registration in GBP please contact AILU, 100 Ock St, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5DH, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1235 550499, Fax: +44 (0)1235 550499, Email:

Delegates who are not members of AILU or of a supporting organisation can join the Association before the event and benefit from the significant discounts offered to AILU members. Full details of AILU membership can be found at You should set up your membership with the AILU office by calling +44 1235 539595.


Cork is well served by an airport, railway network and motorway links. The NMCI is situated 18 km from Cork. A link to the location page on the NMCI website with a map, directions and route planner is provided HERE. There is ample parking at the venue.


Links to hotels in Cork are provided on the AILU website. The recommended hotels are: Carrigaline Court Hotel, Carrigaline; Tel: +353 (0)21 485 2100 or the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay; Tel: +353 (0)21 422 4900 ( A special rate for AILU delegates has been negotiated for a price of €140 per night for a single occupancy superior double room for B&B (USUAL PRICE €155-170). Please say you are attending the meeting to get the improved rate.

A list of other hotels can be downloaded here (PDF 133kB).


The Tabletop exhibition will be held adjacent to the main lecture theatre.
To book a tabletop contact the AILU office to pay in GBP (T: +44 (0)1235 539595; E:, or CAMMS (T: +353 (0)21 422 6264; E: for Euro charging. Spaces are limited so an early response is recommended.


A selection of experts will be available for one-to-one technical and/or commercial discussions over most of the lunch period. Places can be reserved by contacting the AILU office or CAMMS at the details above.

Registration Fees


AILU members and/or one of the supporting organisations (IMDA, ABHI, Photonics KTN or Health Technologies KTN) or in a group of 3 or more: GBP 167 or Euro215 incl. VAT
Non members: GBP 230 or Euro295 incl. VAT
Concessions: GBP 45 or Euro60 incl VAT (Student Member of AILU); GBP 78 or Euro100 incl. VAT (full time students)

Fee includes a delegate pack.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.

To book (we will invoice, send no money) e-mail:


AILU members and/or one of the supporting organisations (IMDA, ABHI, Photonics KTN or Health Technologies KTN): GBP 200 or Euro 300 incl. VAT
Non-Members: GBP 315 or Euro 400 incl. VAT
Exhibitors who register as a delegate may receive a discount of GBP60 or Euro 75 incl. VAT

For more information please contact us.

AILU reserves the right to alter the programme or cancel the meeting at short notice and accepts no responsibility for the views expressed by the speakers or delegates.

This is a AILU Ireland/CAMMS (CIT)/LaserAge event.

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