Laser Ablation and Cleaning

Processes for removing thin layers play a major role in numerous industries. The laser is the ideal tool when it comes to ablation, smoothing, cleaning or flexible structuring of surfaces.

Laser Ablation

Our ablation processes can be used on glass or flexible films as well as for many other materials in small format.

Other possible applications include the partial decoating of electrically conductive layers on glass, such as windshields for infrared and high-frequency applications, or on glazing to prevent radar reflections.

Laser Ablation on Glass
  • Exposure of coated electrodes before welding in the manufacture of batteries
  • Edge ablationof thin-film solar modules
  • Partial ablation of thin-film solar modules for use in building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)

Ablation of lithium-ion electrodes during battery production

In battery cell manufacturing, laser ablation plays a major role in the performance of the final product: Partial ablation of the electrode material allows higher capacities of lithium-ion battery cells to be realized by increasing the area of active material.

The ablation process also makes three-dimensional battery stacks possible. The 3D cells can thus be optimally adapted to the available space in the housing. The perfect utilization of space is a major advantage, especially in electronic devices such as smart watches, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, but also in automotive engineering.


  • High pulse peak power for fast material removal, short exposure time protect the material
  • Flexible degree of freedom for cell design (3D stack, high cell capacity)


Laser Cleaning

Adhesive, bonded or welded joints, coating processes or bare material surfaces are indispensable for electrical connections in high-quality products.

Ideally pre-treated surfaces of parts and components are the basic prerequisite for this.

Manz Laser Cleaning
Manz Laser Cleaning Structure Surfaces

The laser is used to clean the material surfaces without contact and therefore particularly gently, quickly, effectively and also in an environmentally friendly manner.

The process is particularly suitable for removing oxide and anodized layers, dust and particles, paints, oils and greases, and hydrates.

Cleaning and smoothing or creating a defined surface roughness, everything is possible in a single process step.

  • Gentle on surfaces, wear-free and environmentally friendly
  • Minimal heat input through selective/partial machining
  • Maximum flexibility in terms of size and complexity for 2D geometries through scanner- or axis-based systems
  • High reproducibility and micrometer precision
  • Machining speeds >10cm²/s
  • Can be fully automated and integrated into production lines, or as a stand-alone variant
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