LAF 2018 - 11th Laser Applications Forum

28 November 2018 to 29 November 2018
Bremen, Germany

The Laser Applications Forum “LAF” is a biennial meeting of laser users. LAF combines field reports from users, trade exhibition and research. It offers an efficient forum where experts from industrial application and academia intensively exchange views and experiences. At the accompanying exhibition you get directly in contact with the providers of innovative solutions and laser manufacturers. At 'BIAS open house' you will get to know recent research.

LAF is organised by BIAS – Bremer Institut für angewandte Strahltechnik GmbH. BIAS was the first civil, non-university laser institute in Germany, founded 1977. Today about 100 employees work together to research and generate innovations and solutions for the industry areas of laser material processing and optical measurement engineering.

Analysis and opinion

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