Features

04 July 2014

A 3D printed mountain bike was a highlight of the MACH exhibition, which took place in Birmingham, UK, in April. Tom Eddershaw talks to Chris Williams at Empire Cycles about the £20,000 bike

05 March 2014

Greg Blackman explores the laser processing methods used in manufacturing electronics, along with a novel way of assembling tiny electronic components using light

05 March 2014

With the Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM) workshop in Houston, Texas approaching, Tom Eddershaw looks at where 3D printing is finding uses in manufacture

05 March 2014

With lasers becoming more powerful and with solid-state systems like fibre lasers now more commonly used in manufacturing, Jessica Rowbury examines the safety precautions necessary when using laser equipment

13 February 2014

Turbines are being designed to run at higher temperatures to improve fuel efficiency. Advances in cooling techniques rely heavily on laser technology, not just in making jet engines but also in monitoring air flow, as Jessica Rowbury discovers

13 February 2014

Greg Blackman on the laser technology for cutting toughened display glass, as well as the various techniques for glass engraving

13 January 2014

Tim Gillett discovers how French laser company Quantel has survived and thrived since its formation in 1970

28 October 2013

High-brightness direct diode lasers are now available with beam quality suitable for cutting and welding sheet metal.  Greg Blackman assesses their potential for sheet metal processing

28 October 2013

Lasers play a central role in modern manufacturing, from small-scale precision work to manufacturing on a huge scale. Sian Harris looks at the state of the art today and the challenges ahead

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