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26 January 2015

Tom Eddershaw looks at the variety of laser processing methods used in aerospace production, including cleaning composites and laser marking aircraft parts

11 September 2014

Now that more ultrafast lasers are entering the market with pulse durations as short as pico- or femtoseconds, can the scanning technology to deliver the beam to the workpiece keep up? Tom Eddershaw finds out

11 September 2014

Lasers are used to process various materials in manufacturing cars, from specialised spacer fabrics for vehicle seats to carbon fibre components. Jessica Rowbury investigates

11 September 2014

Jessica Rowbury looks at laser processing of medical devices, including implants structured with a laser in such a way as to promote cell growth

11 September 2014

Now part of II-VI, Highyag has been a leader in the 1µm for almost 20 years, as Warren Clark discovers

04 July 2014

Tom Eddershaw finds that high-power diode lasers are now available for industrial applications, while their lower-power equivalents are used to great effect in outdoor light shows

04 July 2014

Laser job shops fulfil a very specific niche in manufacturing and, as Greg Blackman finds out, business is booming for these facilities in the UK

04 July 2014

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

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

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