Editor's picks

Blue diode lasers can be used to weld copper hair pins in e-mobility production. (Image: Laserline)

The advances in beam quality are especially significant for joining applications related to electrical conductor technology

Lightweight materials and parts for hybrid and electric planes will be developed within the five projects. (Image: Rolls Royce)

Five projects will develop technology to make production lines quicker, more efficient, and more cost-effective

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

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


Carbon Robotics' autonomous weed elimination robot combines AI and laser technology to identify, target and eliminate weeds. (Image: Carbon Robotics)

25 April 2021

The technology will reduce the need for harmful herbicides and mechanical weed removal

The magnets are being developed using a one-of-a-kind 3D printer, according to the researchers. (Image: UrFU / Oksana Meleschuk)

23 April 2021

The magnets will be useful in almost any field from medicine to space

(Lower left) A laser makes a hole in a material. (Upper left) The fluence of the laser is measured. (Lower right) Measurements of the fluence and the hole depth are superimposed. (Upper right) The relationship between these measurements is then determined so that hole depth can be calculated based solely on the fluence. (Image: Sakurai et al.)

19 April 2021

The method was developed using a laser microscope and a Raspberry Pi Camera

15 April 2021

The acquisition will enable the two firms to combine their expertise in order to deliver ‘next-generation AM solutions’

The size of the AM-optimised part is 455 x 295 x 805mm. (Image: SLM Solutions)

09 April 2021

The part was redesigned for metal AM, enabling a weight reduction of 15 per cent

II-VI and Coherent already collaborate in the development of turnkey automotive welding solutions. (Image: II-VI)

25 March 2021

Coherent has accepted II-VI's $7.01bn acquisition offer and will now be required to pay a $217.6 million termination fee to Lumentum

23 March 2021

Coherent is currently evaluating Lumentum's latest bid

Analysis & opinion

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

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


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

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.

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

Application focus

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

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

Press Releases

White papers

24 March 2021

Semiconductors need to be inspected during every part of the manufacturing process for defects. Accurate and precise results are critical to prevent unnecessary product wastage and cost. Within industrial, in-line applications, there are numerous challenges faced by customers and this paper looks at solutions to these challenges.

02 March 2021

This article describes the possibilities of laser technology based on applications for OLED-based lighting and glass components in the display area

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.