Matthew Dale reports from Lasys, the international trade fair for laser material processing
Matthew Dale reports from the International Laser Technology Congress, AKL, where the potential for using additive manufacturing in series production was discussed
High-power blue diode lasers are becoming available that have significant advantages over traditional infrared lasers for machining metals. Greg Blackman investigates
Laserline will exhibit a hybrid laser with up to 20kW output power
As the leading international developer and manufacturer of diode lasers for industrial material processing, Laserline will exhibit at Schweisstec 2017 (7-10 November 2017, Stuttgart, Germany) laser systems for joining and cladding applications
Diode laser manufacturer Laserline will present a fibre-coupled 60kW diode laser with mirror optics
Photonics growth in Asia has begun to ease up, while the European industrial laser market is expected to grow over the next six months, it was reported by the VDMA during Laser World of Photonics
Greg Blackman finds that automation is the future when it comes to laser sheet metal processing
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While cutting is a major laser application, laser welding is gathering new applications day-by-day. The current diode laser technology supports ongoing process developments and improves existing welding applications. This is driven by low investment and cost of ownership, but now process results show incredible improvements concerning spatter, homegenous welds and adaptive in-situ process control.
In many applications diode laser technology is thought of as the legitimate successor of CO2 lasers. The presentation includes some application results to demonstrate the above, along with a general update on the current range of welding applications.
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The presentation explains the different methods of generating (via additive manufacturing) and cladding products using diode lasers. Various samples are shown and discussed. In the second part of the presentation, the principle of laser hardening and its advantages compared to conventional methods are explained and demonstrated with examples.
In addition, the presentation provides updates on the latest developments in diode laser technology, and explains why an increasing number of applications can be performed with these systems. Diode lasers are more efficient than CO2, fibre and disk lasers, and therefore face brilliant outlook in the market, underlined by several independent experts.
After the international laser technology congress AKL, in Aachen in May, Matthew Dale learned that dramatic increases in power are on the horizon for ultrafast lasers
Greg Blackman finds that new EU PPE regulations mean that laser safety eyewear must have an operational lifespan, a change that will impact manufacturers and users alike
Keely Portway looks at how digitally networked laser machines, along with additive systems, will help improve production efficiency in the factories of the future