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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 7 — Apr. 4, 2005
  • pp: 2351–2357

Demonstration of paper cutting using single emitter laser diode and infrared-absorbing ink

Hubert Pagès, Hervé Piombini, Franck Enguehard, and Olivier Acher  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 7, pp. 2351-2357 (2005)

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We show that conventional paper can be cut using a 1W laser diode, provided the cutting lines are first traced using a proper ink. The ink should absorb the laser light, and penetrate deep into the paper. An “invisible ink” that is transparent in the visible range and absorbing in the infrared has been successfully tested. The paper is tidily cut. The laser power required to cut the paper is proportional to the displacement speed of the paper. Cutting speeds exceeding 3 cm.s-1. W-1 have been demonstrated. At higher speeds, the paper is not cut through, but easy-tearable lines and easy-folding lines are obtained. The whole inking and laser cutting process may be integrated into next generations of personal inkjet printers and expand document creation abilities.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(350.3850) Other areas of optics : Materials processing

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: December 22, 2004
Revised Manuscript: March 10, 2005
Published: April 4, 2005

Hubert Pagès, Hervé Piombini, Franck Enguehard, and Olivier Acher, "Demonstration of paper cutting using single emitter laser diode and infrared-absorbing ink," Opt. Express 13, 2351-2357 (2005)

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