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Synova Celebrates 25 Years of Development

Twenty-five years ago, Bernold Richerzhagen, Synova’s founder, realized his vision of combining light and water to develop a hybrid method of laser machining superior to existing technologies.

By Nitin Shankar

Trade-marked as Laser MicroJet®, this technique combines a laser with a hair-thin water jet that guides the beam by means of total internal reflection. Since the water jet cools the cutting zone, hard and brittle materials can be machined without any thermal damage. This is a story of how the Laser MicroJet has been a game changer and revolutionized high-precision laser machining in the aviation, diamond and semi-conductor industries among others. 

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