Analysis & opinion

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

18 September 2015

Henk de Wit, Alex Muhr, Eugene Anoikin and Daniel Twitchen from Element Six say that meta-surface patterning on diamond optics holds great promise as a replacement for performance-limiting thin film coatings in high-power laser applications

21 August 2015

A photonics market study initiated by the German engineering association, the VDMA, has found that Asian research and innovation policies are shifting to target photonics technologies, including material processing

13 July 2015

More than one and a half of the five exhibition halls were devoted lasers and laser systems at Laser World of Photonics 2015, held in Munich, Germany from 22-25 June, with industrial research and products being unveiled left, right, and centre

19 May 2015

Laser Systems Europe speaks to Ric Allott, Dave MacLellan, Neil Main and Mike Green at the UK Association of Laser Users on the AILU and the UK laser industry