Autumn 2022

Lasers offer a non-contact, fast, flexible and cost-effective tool for cutting sheets across a range of industries. (Shutterstock/Parilov)

Development trends in laser sheet metal processing

Matthew Dale speaks with specialist laser integrator Cyan Tec, on some of the latest developments taking place in the field of sheet metal cutting

Integrators such as GFH Micromachining, 3D Micromac, and LLT Applikation develop complete laser micromachining systems featuring all the laser, motion control, software, and safety components required to realise high-quality applications (Image: GFH Micromachining)

Micromachining systems adapt to market demands

Susan Fourtane on the market trends integrators are having to respond to when developing new systems

Jan Keuntje and Peter Jäschke have developed a macroscopic finite element model to help establish laser cutting in serial CFRP component production

Modelling the laser cutting of carbon fibre reinforced plastics

Jan Keuntje and Peter Jäschke, of the Laser Zentrum Hannover, have developed a macroscopic finite element model to help establish laser cutting in serial CFRP component production

Laser technologies will have to continue to evolve to keep up with the need of the electronics industry. (Image: Shutterstock/raigvi)

Opportunities and challenges for laser technology in the electronics sector

Electronics manufacturing presents both significant opportunities and formidable challenges for developers of laser materials processing technologies, writes James Bakewell

Handheld laser cleaning devices are a popular choice in industry for delivering the beam to the workpiece. (Image: Shutterstock/Surasak_Photo)

The basics of laser cleaning

The basics of laser cleaning, the systems involved, and the benifts it offers over conventional cleaning techniques

Paul Butler-Smith and Tian Long See demonstrate how the surface friction of stainless-steel medical tools can be reduced using pulsed and ultrashort-pulsed laser processing

Improving scalpel blade cut quality using laser surface texturing

Paul Butler-Smith and Tian Long See, of the MTC, demonstrate how the surface friction of stainless-steel medical tools can be reduced using pulsed and ultrashort-pulsed laser processing

Dr Michael Jarwitz, of the University of Stuttgart’s IFSW, highlights the need for a single tool capable of highly versatile and adaptable manufacturing

Towards a universal laser machine for batch-size 1 production

Dr Michael Jarwitz, of the University of Stuttgart’s IFSW, highlights the need for a single tool capable of highly versatile and adaptable manufacturing

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