Summer 2015

Efficiency gains

With direct diode lasers making their way into industrial settings alongside fibre and CO2 lasers, Jessica Rowbury looks at how important energy efficiency is for end users choosing a laser system

Lasers to address composite surface modification

Surface modification of carbon fibre composites in the aerospace industry will be one of the first applications the laser will address in this field, say Dr Paul French, Dr Martin Sharp and Sobhi Mahmoud at Liverpool John Moores University

Laser welding needs ‘sound scientific understanding’

After speaking at the Association of Laser Users’ Industrial Laser Applications Symposium in March in Kenilworth, UK, Professor Stewart Williams at Cranfield University argues that a more scientific approach to laser welding would increase uptake of the technology

National strategy to boost UK laser industry?

The UK has a strong history in laser research, but does it need a more targeted strategy for turning research into products? Tom Eddershaw speaks to those heading the Association of Laser Users

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