Bettonville specializes in designing and manufacturing of laser-based machines for processing of natural and synthetic diamonds.
Bettonville's activities and products draw on over 100 years of tradition in development, innovation and diamond equipment manufacturing of its predecessor, Bettonville NV of Antwerp, Belgium.
One of the most successful Bettonville products have been Sawing Blades for sawing of natural diamonds produced from the 1950s onwards. The quality of this product was unique in the gem-diamond industry and for decades Bettonville enjoyed for its Sawing Blades almost a complete monopoly in the market.
Other significant Bettonville manufacturing success included its automatic bruting machines, which traded under the name MAXICUT™ from the 1980s. The concept of MAXICUT was patented worldwide and its appeal led to 8 further generations being developed to meet market demand.
In 1997, in partnership with I. Hennig, Bettonville established a sub-contracting diamond manufacturing factory in Visakhapatnam, India, known as WDM (Worldwide Diamond Manufacturers Pvt. Ltd.), employing more than thousand workers. The factory was exclusively equipped with Bettonville’s products and served to show-case all Bettonville equipment.
In 2001, Bettonville launched its newly developed COMBI laser machine - the first multi-tasking laser machine which enabled both sawing and shaping of natural gem quality diamonds - a global first in the gem-diamond market. The speed of sawing using laser technology compared to speed of traditional abrasive sawing, coupled with the precision and safety of laser cutting of any shape of natural diamonds, has since made laser machines indispensable for the gem-diamond industry.
In 2003, at the LASER 2003 World of Photonics Exhibition in Munich, Germany, Bettonville launched Ultrashape 5xs laser machine, its first industrial laser machine for 2-dimensional laser cutting aimed at both natural and synthetic diamonds. This machine global success has resulted in Bettonville continuously developing new laser machines and various measuring and positioning devices for gem-diamond and synthetic diamonds industries to meet demand.
Bettonville Ultrashape 5xs laser machines are currently used by manufacturers of diamond products for tooling, optical, electronic and scientific research industries.
They are widely used for diamond slicing, diamond 2,5D shaping, anvils shaping, diamond drilling of boreholes of variable profiles for wire-dies and water-jet orifices, amongst other uses.
The common denominator for all these cutting techniques is the guaranteed safety of any precious diamond material and an excellent surface smoothness after processing – which in turn permits savings on post-processing effort and expense.
Most recently, in Germany, at GrindTech Augsburg 2018, a leading trade fair for grinding technology, Bettonville launched its latest vanguard technology for the industrial market - the Ultrashape MK7 laser machine, which enables 3-dimensional (3D) laser cutting of any diamond materials - once again, a market first.
This product uniquely offers users a full 5-axis machine with integrated CAD/CAM program, compatible with other CAD programs (Solid Works, Inventor, etc.)
This machine is aimed at small to medium sized diamond cutting factories engaged in manufacturing of short series, short delivery time synthetic diamond-tipped tools for a variety of applications in automotive, aviation, electronic and plastics industries. Special attention in designing its capabilities has also been paid to the very exclusive needs of manufacturers of synthetic diamond material for industrial and gem-diamond applications.