Autumn 2013

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A cut above

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

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Making a mark

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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By Dave MacLellan, Executive Director, AILU

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Gemma Church finds that additive manufacturing is being used to transform lives through advanced implants and guides for surgeons

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Matthew Dale looks at what can be achieved by combining robots with lasers, including a novel tool for repairing jet engines being developed by Rolls-Royce

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High-power blue diode lasers are becoming available that have significant advantages over traditional infrared lasers for machining metals. Greg Blackman investigates