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29 January 2015

Tom Eddershaw reports from Trumpf's headquarters in Ditzingen, Germany, on how improved part design and new materials are the key to meet requirements in a changing automotive market

30 June 2014

More than 400 visitors attended the Lasers in Action forum during Lasys in Stuttgart, which ran from 24-26 June. A total of 40 talks took place over the three days of the trade fair, ranging in topic from micromachining to diode laser technology. Robotics and automation and laser additive manufacturing were also covered in depth.

14 May 2014

Tom Eddershaw reports from the recent AKL laser technology conference in Aachen, Germany on the state of additive manufacturing

28 April 2014

Following speaking at the Mach exhibition in Birmingham at the beginning of April, Louise Geekie, project manager at Croft Additive Manufacturing, gives her views on how additive manufacturing can be optimised through the design process

15 April 2014

A 3D printed mountain bike was one of the highlights of this year’s MACH exhibition, which took place in Birmingham, UK from 7-11 April. Tom Eddershaw speaks to Chris Williams at Empire Cycles about the £20,000 bike

04 April 2014

The barriers preventing companies access to European funding 'need to be addressed' for Europe to remain competitive with the rest of the world, Dr Michael Mertin, president of Photonics21, has commented at the organisation's annual meeting in Brussels on 28 March

11 March 2014

Trumpf CEO, Dr Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, has said that the 'fog is beginning to lift' on the recession, at an open day held at Trumpf's UK technology centre in Luton yesterday. Tom Eddershaw reports

17 February 2014

In part III of the Photonics West review, Greg Blackman reports on the initiatives discussed at the show in San Francisco, which aim to increase awareness of photonics technologies

14 February 2014

From emitter and detector technology allowing researchers to measure brain activity, to thermal imaging for the iPhone, Greg Blackman recounts the technology on display on the show floor in part II of the Photonics West review

13 February 2014

In part I of III of Electro Optics' review of a packed Photonics West show, which took place in San Francisco from 1-6 February, Greg Blackman reports on the state of the photonics market

09 January 2014

They were once the heavyweight workhorses of the industry, but are carbon dioxide lasers now heading for the knacker's yard?

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