Editor's picks

The filter features million of laser-drilled holes that remove microplastics from municipal wastewater. (Image Fraunhofer ILT)

The filter was drilled with a kilowatt-level ultrafast laser using multibeam technology

Optotune has developed a new generation of focus-tunable lenses for 3D laser applications.

With a new product generation of focus-tunable lenses for NIR and green wavelengths with integrated optical feedback, Optotune is enabling new industrial applications

A new 3D printer is being developed to manufacture and repair a wide variety of parts in microgravity. (Image: AddUp)

The technology could enable the manufacturing and repair of a wide variety of tools and parts directly on site using a single input material

News

Researchers at IFSW’s x-ray facility will study dynamic beam lasers to better understand the impact of laser beam shape, shape frequency, and shape sequencing on keyhole stability, weld quality, and microstructure. (Image: Civan Lasers)

22 April 2022

The researchers will view inside the melt pool during laser welding to better understand the origin of defects such as pores, spatter, and cracking

News

POWDERscreen measures exactly which metals flow in what quantity into the focus of the laser beam. (Image: Fraunhofer IWS)

19 April 2022

The powder meter will improve the quality of the components produced and make the entire production process precisely repeatable

BluGlass intends to capture 6-10 per cent of the gallium nitride laser diode market by 2025.

12 April 2022

BluGlass intends to capture 6-10 per cent of the gallium nitride laser diode market by 2025

The filter features million of laser-drilled holes that remove microplastics from municipal wastewater. (Image Fraunhofer ILT)

12 April 2022

The filter was drilled with a kilowatt-level ultrafast laser using multibeam technology

Press releases

28 April 2022

BeamPeek is an integrated beam analysis and power measurement system for fast, accurate, real-time measurement of lasers in additive manufacturing chambers

22 April 2022

The FemtoBlade laser employs a modular design that provides increased flexibility and high power at high repetition rates which will enable faster processing and improved throughput for micromachining applications

22 April 2022

The Spectra-Physics IceFyre GR50 is a compact, high-power green picosecond laser with industry-leading performance and low cost-of-ownership

Analysis & opinion

Analysis & opinion

Mark Zediker, Jean-Michel Pelaprat and Andrew Dodd share how early results are already demonstrating the advantages of blue lasers in additive manufacturing

01 March 2022

Mark Zediker, Jean-Michel Pelaprat and Andrew Dodd share how early results are already demonstrating the advantages of blue lasers in additive manufacturing

Alexandre Rondepierre and Olivier Casagrande demonstrate a new approach that overcomes existing laser shock peening challenges

25 February 2022

Alexandre Rondepierre and Olivier Casagrande demonstrate a new approach that overcomes existing laser shock peening challenges

Richard Stähr and his colleagues are using laser drilling to produce perforated acoustic liners for insulating aircraft noise

18 February 2022

Richard Stähr and his colleagues are using laser drilling to produce perforated acoustic liners for insulating aircraft noise

Application Focus

(Image: Andrey Armyagov/Shutterstock)

An brief look at laser cutting and some of the technology developments made in recent years

The new method recorded 6GB of data in a one-inch silica glass sample, with each square measuring just 8.8 x 8.8mm.

Fast and energy-efficient laser writing could help solve ongoing data storage challenges

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

Laser polishing could serve as a resourceful alternative to traditional methods for finishing additively manufactured parts

Features

Hot-fire testing of a GRCop-42 L-PBF chamber and NASA HR-1 LP-DED nozzle with integral channels at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. (Image: NASA)

03 February 2022

Matthew Dale learns how additive manufacturing is optimising the production of rocket components

Features

Hydrogen fuel cells could provide a suitable alternative to plug-in electric HGVs, where the weight of the battery could prove to be an issue. (Image: Shutterstock/Audeo und werbung)

14 December 2021

New laser technology could help make hydrogen-powered vehicles commercially viable, David Stuart finds

Laser depaneling systems such as this achieve higher output by higher effective cutting speed and cutting quality. (Image: LPKF)

13 December 2021

Productronica exhibitors shared some of the latest trends in electronics manufacturing with Abigail Williams

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

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