Editor's picks

The EUV source at Fraunhofer ILT’s Excimer facility delivers 40W at 13.5nm

Keely Portway discovers how lasers are being used to advance Moore’s law, and how this technology could become more accessible to SMEs

Project MEDAL will rapidly optimise LPBF processing parameters for new metal alloys used in aerospace.

Project MEDAL will rapidly optimise LPBF processing parameters for new aerospace alloys.

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

News

The laser system under development within LAMpAS could be used to create grease-repellent ovens that are far easier to clean. (Image: LAMpAS consortium)

20 January 2021

Surface treatment via ultrafast lasers could lead to home appliances that remain clean for longer periods of time

19 January 2021

Coherent's photonics and lasers businesses will be combined with Lumentum's telecom, datacom, and 3D sensing businesses

The micro loudspeaker proves that microactuators can be produced in seconds and at low costs using inkjet printers and lasers. (Image: Fraunhofer ILT)

18 January 2021

The process could be used as a faster and more affordable alternative to vacuum- and mask-based piezo-MEMS manufacturing methods

Project MEDAL will rapidly optimise LPBF processing parameters for new metal alloys used in aerospace.

15 January 2021

Project MEDAL will rapidly optimise LPBF processing parameters for new aerospace alloys.

The optimised topology of the housing reduces the e-drive's overall weight by 10 per cent. (Image: Porsche)

13 January 2021

The e-drive unit measures 590 x 560 x 367mm and was built in 21 hours using SLM Solution's NXG XII 600

11 January 2021

The material was ‘printed’ into joint lanes, which is the first step towards 3D-printing buildings, landing points, and roads on the moon

II-VI's remote laser processing heads will be combined with Coherent’s fibre laser technology. (Image: IIVI)

08 January 2021

The collaboration will see II-VI's remote laser processing heads combined with Coherent’s Adjustable Ring Mode fibre laser technology.

Analysis & opinion

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

Figure 1: Complex two-phase copper vapour chambers, for high-power space applications, built using laser-powder bed fusion.

11 December 2020

Brett Diehl, of the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory, puts neural networks to work in identifying voids in additive manufacturing

25 November 2020

Dr Stefan Janssen discusses the scanner-based laser processing technique developed within the Carbolase project

25 November 2020

Simone Mazzucato discusses how lasers can be used to create hidden microfeatures in materials for anti-counterfeit purposes

25 September 2020

Trumpf’s David Harvilla, Stefanie Bisch and Sebastian Zaske discuss why green lasers represent the perfect tool for welding e-mobility components made of copper

25 September 2020

Nataliya Deyneka-Dupriez and Alexander Denkl, of Lessmüller Lasertechnik, describe how OCT can be used to perform online process monitoring when using an oscillating laser beam to weld e-mobility components

Features

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.

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

A laser enclosure containing a robot designed to build propellers.

11 December 2020

Lasermet’s David Lawton opens Matthew Dale’s eyes on the latest issues faced in ensuring laser safety for materials processing

The EUV source at Fraunhofer ILT’s Excimer facility delivers 40W at 13.5nm

11 December 2020

Keely Portway discovers how lasers are being used to advance Moore’s law, and how this technology is being made more affordable for smaller businesses

25 September 2020

Greg Blackman speaks to two researchers who presented at the LANE conference on different aspects of laser welding

The LS4 integrates two laser sources, a 50W green nanosecond and a dual wavelength (near-infrared and green) 10W femtosecond source. (Image: Lasea)

25 September 2020

Keely Portway discovers how laser systems are used in smart manufacturing

Application focus

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

Florent Husson, of Alphanov, describes how large parts can be polished using robotics and high-power lasers

Lasers can be used to create durable black marks on stainless steel. (Image: Coherent)

Andrew May, director of ES Precision, shares five tips to get the best laser marking results

John Powell, technical director of Laser Expertise, on some of the key aspects to consider when buying a new cutting machine for a job shop

Press Releases

White papers

08 September 2020

This article details why a laser’s performance is important for industrial laser materials processing, and will serve as a guide for the right and wrong ways to apply, ascertain, evaluate, and take action on the laser performance data gathered.

09 June 2020

Edmund Optics describes its development of NebularTM nano-structured anti-reflective surfaces that can be used to reduce stray light in laser systems for materials processing.

 

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