The software has application in the manufacture of turbine engine components, which are designed with shaped holes and holes positioned at very shallow angles (10 degrees) to the part surface in order to minimize fuel use, noise and pollution. These holes may be as small as 0.008" (0.2 mm) in diameter, making them challenging to laser drill at very high speed. The tight hole tolerances benefit from the ability to make hole size adjustments smaller than 0.001" (0.025 mm). The software feature, along with Optical Focus Control and other features, ensures that there is minimal laser drilling variability by keeping the focused laser beam diameter, location of drilling and depth of focus required to maintain constant beam quality.
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