Editor's picks

Tim Lantzsch and his colleagues investigate the feasibility of diode lasers for the laser powder bed fusion of stainless steel

Greg Blackman asks experts to recap what 2010 to 2020 held for the advancement of fibre laser technology

Frederik Maiwald and Stefan Hierl determine the optimal parameters for welding transparent polymers used in optical and medical devices


The system uses laser prototyping technology to machine both tread and sidewall profiles into tyres. (Image: 4Jet)

04 March 2021

The system could significantly shorten development cycles and prototyping costs in tyre production

Coating copper powder with graphene lowers its reflectivity significantly, improving its ability to be printed using lasers. (Image: Uppsala University)

02 March 2021

By coating copper powder with graphene, its reflectance can be reduced by 67 per cent

The copper-silver-tungsten material achieves 100 per cent Covid-19 inactivation within five hours. (Image: University of Wolverhampton)

23 February 2021

The novel material could be used in filtration systems and face mask filters

18 February 2021

The coinciding conference, World of Photonics Congress, will be held in a digital format on the original dates of 20–24 June

12 February 2021

Adding to an initial $5.7bn offer from Lumentum and a $6bn offer from MKS Instruments

10 February 2021

The proposal comes just weeks after Coherent accepted a $5.7bn acquisition offer from Lumentum.

The ‘LaserFactory’ comprises a software toolkit and laser cutter add-on hardware that assembles electronic components. (Image: MIT)

09 February 2021

The technology could be used to rapidly prototype devices such as wearables, robots, or printed electronics

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

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.

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.