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Eliana Fu, of Trumpf and formerly SpaceX, shares how additive manufacturing can aid humanity’s cosmological journey

Manuel Henn and Matthias Buser are research associates and Volkher Onuseit is the head of the system engineering department at the University of Stuttgart’s Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW)

Manuel Henn, Matthias Buser and Volkher Onuseit combine additive and subtractive laser processes to unlock new manufacturing possibilities

The new method optimises alloy properties and process parameters to create superior 3D-printed metal parts. Shown here is a colorised electron micrograph of a nickel powder alloy used in the study. (Image: Raiyan Seede)

The work will benefit the aerospace, automotive and defence industries looking for better ways to build custom metal parts

News

The programme aims to inspire more than 3,500 local students aged 13-18 with first-hand experiences of engineering. (Image: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff)

15 October 2021

The programme aims to inspire more than 3,500 local students, providing first-hand experiences of engineering, and awarding financial support to pursue further education

The new method optimises alloy properties and process parameters to create superior 3D-printed metal parts. Shown here is a colorised electron micrograph of a nickel powder alloy used in the study. (Image: Raiyan Seede)

14 October 2021

The work will benefit the aerospace, automotive and defence industries looking for better ways to build custom metal parts

Producing hydrogen fuel cells requires welding hundreds of thin bipolar plates of just hundreds of microns in thickness. (Image: iStock)

13 October 2021

Automotive manufacturers are currently facing throughput challenges when welding fuel cells

12 October 2021

The firm switched from having its nitrogen delivered in bulk to having a continual, unlimited supply of high-purity nitrogen

The ribs are welded with a continuous seam so that the metal of the pipe and the rib becomes homogeneous. (Image: UrFU / Alexander Volkov)

08 October 2021

The technology offers increased heat exchange, decreased material usage, and a reduced cost compared to other designs

08 October 2021

The system enables process stability monitoring in laser structuring to create functionalised surfaces such as easy to clean finishes for home appliances

The Fraunhofer IWS researchers used a multi-adsorption system to investigate the adsorption behavior of competing gases to find suitable filter substances. (Image: Fraunhofer IWS)

06 October 2021

The technology could also be used for additive manufacturing in the future

Analysis & opinion

20 October 2021

Eliana Fu, of Trumpf and formerly SpaceX, shares how additive manufacturing can aid humanity’s cosmological journey

Manuel Henn and Matthias Buser are research associates and Volkher Onuseit is the head of the system engineering department at the University of Stuttgart’s Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW)

18 October 2021

Manuel Henn, Matthias Buser and Volkher Onuseit combine additive and subtractive laser processes to unlock new manufacturing possibilities

Andrew May is director of ES Precision

14 October 2021

Andrew May describes ES Precision’s recent investment in new laser technology to unlock exciting application sectors

11 October 2021

Laser Zentrum Hannover’s Rabi Lahdo and Stefan Kaierle describe a process that promises big benefits for heavy industry

06 October 2021

Christian Geiger and Tony Weiss evaluate laser technology readiness for the mass-production of electric vehicles

Joerg Volpp is an associate professor and Adrien da Silva is a PhD student at the Luleå University of Technology.

04 October 2021

Joerg Volpp and Adrien da Silva, at the Luleå University of Technology, investigate beam shaping possibilities for high-power processing

24 September 2021

Daniel Holder, of the IFSW at the University of Stuttgart, shares how new USP laser technologies could facilitate the rapid micromachining of silicon wafers

Features

Ship under construction in a shipyard. (Image: Shutterstock.com)

24 September 2021

Keely Portway looks at how new laser technologies are optimising welding and cutting for shipbuilding

Labels can be laser marked on a reel-to-reel spooling workstation. (Image: Trotec)

23 September 2021

Greg Blackman on where CO2 lasers excel in materials processing

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

(Image: Andrey Armyagov/Shutterstock)

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

Application focus

Readings from multiple sensors can be combined to enable better control of high-precision welding.
(Image: Coherent)

Coherent’s Florian Furger, Markus Danner and Roland Mayerhofer discuss how combining real-time readings from multiple sensors enables better control of high-precision welding

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

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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