LPKF Laser & Electronics AG (LPKF), with headquarters in Garbsen near Hanover, has been a provider of innovative and powerful in-house prototyping systems – printed circuit boards without chemicals – for 30 years. With the new ProtoLaser S, the laser specialists have optimized the performance and, at the same time, lowered the sales price.
With 229 x 305 mm, it is approximately as large as a DIN-A4 sheet (letter size): This digital circuit board is created in the LPKF ProtoLaser S in less than 20 minutes.
“We had three development goals in mind with the LPKF ProtoLaser S: Simple operation, a compact system design, and an even better price-performance ratio. We reached all three goals,” Bernd Hackmann, board spokesperson at LPKF, is pleased. The system requires less than 20 minutes for a complex digital circuit measuring 229 x 305 mm.
The new LPKF ProtoLaser S system structures complete layouts on printed circuit boards without chemicals. Conductor widths of 25 µm and spacings of 50 µm can be created on ceramic material. With its outstanding repeatability for precise geometries, the laser system is suitable for the manufacturing of printed circuit boards based on aluminum-coated PET films, copper-coated FR4 or even ceramic and HF substrates.
The LPKF ProtoLaser S is mounted on rollers and fits through any standard lab door. The more compact system is equipped with additional noise reduction and operates as a device of laser class 1 in normal operation.
The ProtoLaser S is delivered with software that excels in performance and simple operation. The development team in Garbsen has stored the parameters of almost all
]common PCB materials in to a library. This eliminates the process of looking for suitable material parameters during daily operation.
Finally, the software is compatible with other systems from the rapid PCB prototyping line, such as the ProtoMat series circuit board plotters. This simplifies further processing.
Compact, fast, cost-efficient: The LPKF ProtoLaser S is the most powerful laser system worldwide for structuring printed circuit boards without chemicals.
"The LPKF ProtoLaser S allows implementing different layouts spontaneously,” business area director Britta Schulz states, "prototypes are produced on short notice and small series are produced on demand, without any data having to leaving the company.”
The ProtoLaser S complements the rapid PCB prototyping series from LPKF, and it is the only laser system worldwide that can directly structure printed circuit boards – and it does that for large boards with highest speed and precision.
Following the product presentation at SMT in Nuremberg (Germany), the National Electronics Week in London (UK) and MTTS in Atlanta (US), the LPKF ProtoLaser S is available for immediate ordering via the sales team.
LPKF Laser & Electronics AG manufactures machines and laser systems that are utilized in electronics manufacturing, in the automotive industry, and in the production of solar cells. The company group employs approx. 360 employees worldwide, and almost 20 percent of the employees are working in the research and development sectors.