19 February 2018 Development of AISI 316L stainless steel coronary stent
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Coronary stents are manufactured through a sequence of processes and each step demands the process control to assure surface quality. This study is focused on the influence of laser cutting parameters and electropolishing on average surface roughness and back wall dross percentage for fiber laser cutting of AISI 316L coronary struts. A preliminary test and a design of experiments (DOE) were implemented to determine the limiting cutting conditions and the effect of these parameters on quality indicators. Preliminary results identify four cutting zones from a non-cut zone to a burned zone, in a frequency range between 1000 and 1500 Hz and a peak power between 160 to 180 W for clean cuts. From the DOE results, several interactions between factors were observed; however, a laser frequency of 1000 to 1500 Hz and a cutting speed of 250 mm/min minimize the backwall dross percentage and the surface roughness to values less than 2% and 0.9 μm, respectively. After the laser conditions selection, coronary stents were manufactured and electropolished to reduce the surface roughness on the strut edge. Electropolishing results indicate a surface roughness reduction from 0.9 μm to 0.3 μm after 300 s of electropolishing time.
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Erika García-López, Erika García-López, Héctor R. Siller, Héctor R. Siller, Ciro A. Rodríguez, Ciro A. Rodríguez, } "Development of AISI 316L stainless steel coronary stent", Proc. SPIE 10520, Laser-based Micro- and Nanoprocessing XII, 105200W (19 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2289971; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2289971

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