Editor's picks

Discussion topics including cladding with diode lasers, CO2 lasers in the automotive industry, nano-structured anti-reflective surfaces, and software for designing beam-splitting optics were covered in the second installment of the Lasers In Action Webinar series

The first webcast in the Lasers In Action series covered blue diode lasers, automated weld monitoring and thermal laser processing.

Christian Knaak and Peter Abels, of Fraunhofer ILT, explain how imaging and machine learning can be used to identify weld imperfections with high accuracy

News

Iron filings stick to this mini chessboard with a partially magnetic structure, produced from a single type of steel power at different temperatures. Image: Empa

24 June 2020

The technique could aid in the design of more efficient electric motors, and structural components that react locally to different temperatures

23 June 2020

The masterbatches are cost-effective and enable high-definition, high-contrast laser marking on clear and dark surfaces using NdYAG laser systems

22 June 2020

3D-printed stents are expected to improve sizing options, preserve essential anatomy, and enable diameters and shapes to suit individual patient requirements

01 June 2020

Together with the organisers of LASYS, Laser Systems Europe will be hosting a series of webcasts in June, each of which will discuss emerging applications and technologies across various aspects of laser materials processing

The 3D printer developed at TU Graz melts metal powder using high-performance LED light sources. (Image: TU Graz)

28 May 2020

'SLEDM' is similar to SLM and EBM, however the new process solves two central problems of the pre-existing AM processes

The project team from Heraeus Amloy and Trumpf Additive Manufacturing (Image: Trumpf)

28 May 2020

Technology firms Heraeus Amloy and Trumpf are collaborating on the 3D printing of amorphous metals, also known as metallic glasses

A simulation used by the researchers to help determine the impact of spatter in LPBF. (Image: LLNL)

22 May 2020

The strategy could be implemented into any metal 3D printer, and could also apply to beam-based welding or fusing technologies

Analysis & opinion

15 June 2020

Anibal Di Luch, of TWI, reports on the development of a robotic platform for the laser processing of large-scale, high-end structures for aircraft

11 June 2020

Dr Paulina Morawska, research associate at Heriot-Watt University, discusses how ultrafast lasers can be used to address the encapsulation challenges of OLEDs

09 June 2020

Christian Knaak and Peter Abels, of Fraunhofer ILT, explain how imaging and machine learning can be used to identify weld imperfections with high accuracy

05 June 2020

Dave MacLellan, executive director of AILU, discusses how UK laser firms have answered the call for manufacturing to aid the fight against Covid-19

12 March 2020

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

06 March 2020

John Sutter, of Abicor Binzel, discusses how Generation 3 steels perfectly fit the needs of vehicle manufacturers

The benefits of AI and machine learning in laser processing were discussed by a panel of experts at the show

21 February 2020

Power increases across multiple laser technologies are set to bring further benefit to materials processing, Matthew Dale learnt at Photonics West

Features

24 April 2020

Nikolaus Fecht on how AI is helping move laser systems closer to achieving complete error-free production

16 March 2020

Keely Portway looks at regular maintenance practices that can help laser users ensure maximum uptime of their system

Trumpf enables copper additive manufacturing by combining its TruDisk 1020 with its TruPrint systems.

13 March 2020

Optically-driven additive manufacturing is entering uncharted territory with challenging reflective, thermally conductive metals such as copper, finds Andy Extance

Scanlab’s XL Scan synchronously controls a 2D scan head and a positioning stage. It can also process 3D workpieces with integrated Z-axis control.

12 March 2020

Greg Blackman on the latest scanning solutions and software for micromachining

Application focus

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

Proper extraction system maintenance and design is vital, says BOFA International’s Joshua Evans, to reduce fire and explosion risks associated with laser metal processing

Press Releases

White papers

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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