Analysis & opinion

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

08 March 2016

Greg Blackman reports from a panel discussion on 3D printing, which was held at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco in February

08 February 2016

Greg Blackman assesses how UK laser sub-contractors are coping with rock-bottom steel prices

25 January 2016

Trumpf UK MD, Annette Doyle, has said she is 'cautiously optimistic' about UK manufacturing in 2016. Greg Blackman reports from a Trumpf press briefing given at its Luton site on 20 January

05 November 2015

Greg Blackman reports from sheet metal processing show Blechexpo, where lasers for the Industry 4.0 were on display

16 October 2015

Greg Blackman reports from Photonex in Coventry, UK on diode laser technology for additive manufacturing

18 September 2015

The UK Association for Laser Users is launching a Power Beam Processing special interest group at a workshop hosted by TWI near Cambridge on 22 September. Dave MacLellan at the AILU comments on the group's aims



Information technologies like cloud computing and Internet of Things are bringing about big changes in manufacturing. Gemma Church looks at where laser systems will fit into these smart factories


Matthew Dale asks what measures are needed to bring metal 3D printing into mainstream production


Greg Blackman on the safety equipment for protecting against higher power and ultrafast lasers