US Photonics

US Photonics was asked to show the ability of their femtosecond laser to ablate flammable materials by laser engraving a match head for use on the cover of a magazine. The lack of heat transfer from the femtosecond pulses makes it possible to ablate combustible materials and even high explosives.



  • Femtosecond laser to ablate flammable materials
  • Femtosecond laser pulses
  • Stainless-steel hypodermic needle
  • Laser micro machining system
  • Two-photon polymerization