Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Department of


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Procedia CIRP 42 ( 2016 ), pp. 67 – 72, doi: 10.1016/j.procir.2016.02.190.


© 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.


There is growing interests in the use of biodegradable magnesium implants for cardiovascular and pulmonary applications such as stents. Magnesium is a metal that has the ability to gradually dissolve and absorb into the human body after implantation. There is very little work discussing the relationship between process parameters and cut quality of magnesium stents by laser cutting. The objective of this research is to determine the effect of laser cutting conditions including peak laser power and cutting speed of a millisecond range pulsed laser on kerf geometry, surface topography, surface roughness, and microstructure. An assessment on the experimental work discussing laser cutting of magnesium alloys is also presented.