Editor's picks

A new collaborative project will implement metal 3D printing in automotive series production for the first time

The global market for laser systems for materials processing reached a record volume of $19.8 billion in 2018, despite slowing market growth

Matthew Dale shares three interesting applications of laser technology that were presented at ILAS 2019 in Crewe, UK, in March

News

22 May 2019

Fincantieri has purchased a thin plate flat-panel production line that uses laser-hybrid welding

22 May 2019

The particular qualities of shark skin have inspired a German company using lasers to increase fuel efficiency in aircraft

External view of high-energy industrial pulsed laser system.
(Image: Hamamatsu Photonics)

14 May 2019

Hamamatsu Photonics has developed a laser-diode-pumped high-energy pulsed laser system that delivers an output of 117J – the world’s highest among laser-diode-pumped lasers, according to the firm.

13 May 2019

A collaborative project including partners from research and industry has developed a laser machine that triples the rate at which embossing tools can be structured for use in the automotive industry

13 May 2019

Data collected by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) over the past three years is now being used to improve the simulation of laser welding processes.

01 May 2019

EPIC has announced that it is advocating for a photonics contractual public private partnership to be selected for funding under the future Horizon Europe 2021-2027 programme

Analysis & opinion

10 April 2019

Matthew Dale shares three interesting applications of laser technology that were presented at ILAS 2019 in Crewe, UK, in March

14 March 2019

Professor Duncan Hand discusses the results of CIM-Laser, a collaboration between five UK universities that has supported the country’s uptake of laser-based manufacturing over the past five years

14 March 2019

Dr Stefan Kaierle shares how joining dissimilar materials with laser beam welding could be used to decrease the weight of ships and cars, leading to a reduction in their emissions

14 March 2019

Dr Dieter Schwarze and Bodo Haack, of SLM Solutions, discuss the importance and progression of standardisation in laser metal additive manufacturing

14 March 2019

Dr Daniel Arnaldo del Cerro, laser applications engineer at Oxford Lasers, describes how global energy consumption could be cut back through laser surface texturing to minimise the friction of moving mechanical components

14 March 2019

Paul Webster and Chris Galbraith, of IPG Photonics, report on the development of a new inline weld monitoring system based on technology from Laser Depth Dynamics

14 March 2019

Dr Rich Martukanitz, of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing and the University of Virginia, explains how a performance qualification protocol in traditional manufacturing can be adapted for AM

Features

07 March 2019

Greg Blackman speaks to Marco Reichle, at Reichle Technologiezentrum, on laser texturing injection moulds for vehicle makers – now a huge part of the firm’s business

07 January 2019

Keely Portway discovers some of the different ways advances in laser processing have been used to help improve aircraft efficiency

07 January 2019

Gemma Church investigates the explosion of cross-industry plastic welding techniques

10 September 2018

Moving to very high power lasers for welding metals, like aluminium in car production, has some big benefits, as Greg Blackman finds out

Application focus

New regulations dictate that certain medical devices must be marked with a unique device identification code. Here we explore how different laser technologies can be used to produce these markings

A look at some of the industrial laser technology on display at Photonics West

A selection of laser technology for micromachining applications, including drilling, cutting, structuring and scribing.

Applied technology for laser material processing, with a focus on what was shown at Lasys from 5 to 7 June in Stuttgart, Germany

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