Laser safety

Greg Blackman on the safety equipment for protecting against higher power and ultrafast lasers

Additive manufacturing

Matthew Dale asks what measures are needed to bring metal 3D printing into mainstream production

Smart Factories

Information technologies like cloud computing and Internet of Things are bringing about big changes in manufacturing. Gemma Church looks at where laser systems will fit into these smart factories

Diode lasers

Greg Blackman investigates the advances being made in direct diode lasers and asks whether these systems can compete with fibre lasers


Matthew Dale on some of the laser processing that goes into building aircraft, from treating carbon fibre wing skins to 3D printing lightweight brackets

Beam delivery

With new fibre delivery options now available, along with advances in scanning solutions, ultrafast lasers are becoming a much more practical tool for industrial machining, as Rachel Berkowitz discovers


Gemma Church looks at the latest innovations in laser joining for the automotive industry


Matthew Dale looks at how laser processing is improving the efficiency of solar panels

Sheet metal working

Greg Blackman finds that automation is the future when it comes to laser sheet metal processing


At a TWI event in July, Dr Paul Hilton, technology fellow for laser materials processing at the welding institute, gave his personal highlights of 50 years of TWI laser processing. Greg Blackman was there to listen to the presentation