Reliable commercial shutter products for high irradiance lasers were not available in the solid-state boom of the 1980’s. This prompted the staff of nmLaser Products, Inc. to begin development of new laser shutter technologies beginning in 1987, with a small group of products offered in 1988.
Flexure technology and closely coupled magnetic designs reduced the moving parts to a single cantilever beam movement. Several versions of this technology were developed for specific types of applications. USA and international patents were granted. The earlier years were focused on high speed and high power laser shutters for research applications.
nmLaser continued to grow and add products to fill niche markets for researchers and OEM’s. In the 1990’s, a large number of safety interlocking and processing shutters were developed with interlock controller systems to meet the growing demand for laboratory and instrument safety. Our OEM base expanded greatly during these years.
Laser shutters are used in every market that lasers penetrate. This has given us a great deal of exposure to applications across many industry lines. These include semiconductor processing, biotechnology, welding/cutting, lidar, chemical engineering, graphic arts, forestry and pollution monitoring. nmLaser continues to develop and refine the laser shutter and controller product line, introducing new products regularly.
Our products are distributed world-wide. In the major industrialized nations, laser and optical accessory distributors are available to help you select the right product for your application. The factory staff in San Jo