The increasing traction of fibre lasers replacing conventional lasers in materials processing has led to IPG and Coherent’s latest quarterly revenues being higher than expected, both firms have reported
Matthew Dale on some of the laser processing that goes into building aircraft, from treating carbon fibre wing skins to 3D printing lightweight brackets
Greg Blackman finds that automation is the future when it comes to laser sheet metal processing
A new generation of industrial picosecond lasers from Coherent combine high performance and exceptional reliability in a lower cost platform
The new Rapid FX from Coherent is a cost effective femtosecond laser solution for high precision micromachining
The Monaco femtosecond laser is a closed, one-box system that combines a 1,035nm, solid-state oscillator together with an amplifier to yield a 40µJ pulse energy at a repetition rate of 1MHz
Coherent has launched higher power, higher brightness 780-830nm and 975nm diode laser components for industrial applications
A new generation of carbon monoxide (CO) lasers from Coherent offer enhanced processing characteristics for materials processing applications ranging from glass cutting and via drilling, to fractional skin resurfacing. This new class of high power CO lasers have similar lifetime, reliability and maintenance characteristics as the company’s slab discharge CO2 lasers.
Coherent have released the latest AVIA NX which sets a new standard for economy, reliability, and ease of use. Specifically, these new q-switched, diode-pumped, solid-state lasers offer output powers as high as 40W at 355nm, but with a substantially lower cost per watt than any other available product. Plus, AVIA NX models are much smaller, lighter, and more robust than other UV lasers of the same power level.
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