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29 March 2018

This year's Lasys, the international trade fair for laser material processing, is set to attract around 200 exhibitors displaying laser systems, machines and processes when it takes place at Messe Stuttgart from 5-7 June

23 February 2018

Greg Blackman reports from a metal 3D printing panel discussion held at Photonics West in San Francisco, where the plea to the photonics community was for better in situ monitoring tools for laser machines

10 January 2018

Following the passing of Professor Bryan Tozer, a pioneer in laser safety and the founder of Lasermet, his son Paul Tozer looks back over his father's 50 years of working with lasers

18 July 2017

Matthew Dale reports from an additive manufacturing application panel at Laser World of Photonics, where high-end, multi-laser systems along with low-cost machines were both discussed

12 June 2017

The European Appolo project, which aims to establish connections within the industrial laser processing ecosystem, is drawing to a close. Gediminas Raciukaitis, head of the department for laser technologies at the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology in Lithuania, updates on the outcomes

12 June 2017

Dave MacLellan, executive director at AILU, writes about a UK strategy for laser material processing

28 February 2017

Jessica Rowbury reports from a Photonics West panel, where possible implications of Brexit and the Trump administration were debated

30 September 2016

Matthew Dale reports from an EPIC meeting on laser material processing from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, and finds that Lithuania has a lot to offer in terms of photonics expertise

29 July 2016

Matthew Dale reports from a TWI event on laser welding, where a wealth of laser joining techniques were discussed, including those being developed as part of European projects

11 July 2016

Arnold Mayer, general manager of Optech Consulting, analyses the major trends in lasers and laser systems for materials processing, including the Chinese and fibre laser markets

26 May 2016

After the completion of a project to increase the brilliance of direct diode lasers, Dr Jens Biesenbach, CTO at Dilas, explains the technology, work that could see diode lasers competing with fibre lasers

05 May 2016

Following a talk at Mach 2016, Riccardo Tosi of the UK's Manufacturing Technology Centre writes about the Reclaim project, a hybrid system that combines additive and subtractive machining for repairing parts

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By Dave MacLellan, Executive Director, AILU

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Gemma Church finds that additive manufacturing is being used to transform lives through advanced implants and guides for surgeons

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Matthew Dale looks at what can be achieved by combining robots with lasers, including a novel tool for repairing jet engines being developed by Rolls-Royce

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High-power blue diode lasers are becoming available that have significant advantages over traditional infrared lasers for machining metals. Greg Blackman investigates