Laser bending of leadframe materials

C. L. Yau, Kang Cheung Chan, Wing Bun Lee

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Over the last decade, there have been numerous research works conducted on laser bending. However, less research effort has been spent on investigating the laser bending of thin sheets using a low power laser. In the present study, a low power Nd:YAG laser is used to experimentally examine the bending behaviour of a thin steel alloy strip which is now being used for integrated circuit leadframes. In the experiments, a machine vision system has been used to measure bending angles in a more accurate and efficient way. The experimental results show that the final bending angle in a multiple-irradiation laser bending process is related strongly to the laser power, the processing velocity, the number of irradiations and the holding time between each laser irradiation. A threshold line energy of about 0.14 J mm-1is observed, and a linear relationship between the bending angle and the line energy is found when the latter is below 1 J mm-1.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1998


  • Integrated circuit leadframes
  • Laser bending
  • Steel alloy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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