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Femtosecond laser structuring is being used to functionalise different materials for electrocatalysts like nickel foams and support plates. (Image: Fraunhofer HHI)

The 'InnoEly' project aims to make hydrogen a widely usable energy carrier of the future

The dual-sided solar cells achieve a front conversion efficiency of 24.3 per cent and a rear conversion efficiency of 23.4 per cent. (Image: Eric Byler/The Australian National University)

The solar cells are dual-sided, meaning both their front and back generate power

News

A flexible, wearable pressure sensor made from laser-induced graphene. (Image: Penn State University/Huanyu Cheng)

17 September 2021

The sensors could be used for health monitoring or enhancing the performance of prosthetic limbs

The patent covers a system capable of detecting and cleaning debris from vehicle glass using pulsed laser beams. (Image: Tesla)

14 September 2021

The patent covers a system capable of detecting and cleaning debris from glass using pulsed laser beams

Sealing station inside GEA's PowerPak Plus thermoforming packaging machine, with an integrated laser marking system. (Image: GEA)

13 September 2021

The machine will be used to apply complex product labels in a high-resolution and reliable manner

Femtosecond laser structuring is being used to functionalise different materials for electrocatalysts like nickel foams and support plates. (Image: Fraunhofer HHI)

02 September 2021

The 'InnoEly' project aims to make hydrogen a widely usable energy carrier of the future

The dual-sided solar cells achieve a front conversion efficiency of 24.3 per cent and a rear conversion efficiency of 23.4 per cent. (Image: Eric Byler/The Australian National University)

01 September 2021

The solar cells are dual-sided, meaning both their front and back generate power

(a) Aero-engine components in need of repair. (b) powder developed indigenously at ARCI. (Image: ARCI)

30 August 2021

Components repaired using the new processes were found to be free from distortion and exhibited excellent performance

The SensiCut smart sensing platform distinguishes between visually similar materials for safe use. (Image: MIT CSAIL)

20 August 2021

The platform could protect users from hazardous waste, provide material-specific knowledge and suggest subtle cutting adjustments

Analysis & opinion

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22 June 2021

Greg Blackman on how titanium laser welding can be used to replace rivet joints in aircraft

Spiral welds can be made at the interface between transparent material and metal to bond the two together. (Image: Heriot-Watt University)

09 June 2021

Matthew Dale learns that ultrafast lasers can now be used to bond transparent materials to metals, unlocking a plethora of applications

24 February 2021

Tim Lantzsch and his colleagues investigate the feasibility of diode lasers for the laser powder bed fusion of stainless steel

24 February 2021

Manyalibo Matthews shares how a deeper understanding of laser powder bed fusion will lead to material innovations and new applications in additive manufacturing

25 January 2021

Frederik Maiwald and Stefan Hierl determine the optimal parameters for welding transparent polymers used in optical and medical devices

11 December 2020

Chao Wei and Lin Li discuss how different material properties could be integrated into single parts using additive manufacturing

11 December 2020

Nicholas Goffin investigates where energy savings can be made in laser processing

Features

11 June 2021

Keely Portway considers the benefits of incorporating AI into industrial laser systems

Ultra-thin glass is now being used in the flexible displays of foldable smartphones.

02 March 2021

Ultra-thin glass offers exciting opportunities but poses exceptional manufacturing challenges, Matthew Dale finds

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23 February 2021

Greg Blackman asks experts how fibre lasers developed between 2010 to 2020, as well as what advancements the future may hold for the technology

Amada Weld Tech uses fibre lasers and femtosecond lasers in the manufacture of stents. (Image: Amada Weld Tech)

22 February 2021

Keely Portway explores the use of lasers in medical device manufacturing, including how they have played their part since the start of the pandemic

Lasers can be used to cut vehicle doorings, ABC pillars and any other structural part in a car body made out of press-hardened steel. (Image: Nataliya Hora/Shutterstock)

11 December 2020

LSE speaks with Martin Kuhnhen, head of Jenoptik’s Light & Production division, about the usage of laser technology on automotive production lines

Application focus

Figure 1. The laser polishing process. (Image: McDonald et al)

Laser polishing could serve as a resourceful alternative to traditional methods for finishing additively manufactured parts

Experimenting with circular, square and triangular oscillation patterns for laser surface treatment.

Handika Sandra Dewi explores the effects of circular, square and triangular oscillation strategies when treating microalloyed steel

Figure 5: successful validation of the process and the developed optics at a 4m depth under water

Jan Leschke and his colleagues have developed a new process for the safe dismantlement of nuclear equipment

Figure 1: Common views of the ROV. (1) Vertical thrusters, (2) buoyancy, (3) laser cleaning module, (4) horizontal thrusters, (5) wheels with built-in magnets, (6) rear video camera, (7) LED lamp, (8) front video camera, (9) thruster control units, (10) main control unit, (11) nozzle of the laser cleaning module.

Researchers are developing laser systems capable of cleaning ship hulls underwater

Ben Fielding, of Weldwide, explores the benefits of laser welding and how the technology compares to other well-established joining methods

Press Releases

White papers

01 September 2021

Stainless steel or nitinol are popular materials in medical devices. Application experts from Coherent have developed a process to safely weld thin wires made of such difficult-to-weld materials. This process can even be undertaken without destroying any plastic coating.

07 July 2021

With a ruggedized, compact design, reliable pointing stability, and repeatable beam characteristics from laser to laser, Dart delivers high quality picosecond laser cutting and drilling even in tough industrial environments.

04 June 2021

An optimized picosecond laser system provides a turnkey solution for permanent, unique device identifier (UDI) marking of stainless steel devices.

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