Summer 2016

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Joining giants

Building large structures like ship hulls or railcars lends itself to hybrid welding, a combination of laser and arc welding. Gemma Church explores the technique

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Making a mark

New regulations on unique device identifiers for medical equipment and implants are being phased in by the US Food and Drug Administration, codes that are best marked with a laser, as Rachel Berkowitz finds out

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Reclaim laser cell boasts additive and subtractive tech for part repair

A laser cell that combines additive and subtractive machining methods for repairing components has been developed as the result of a project called Reclaim. Riccardo Tosi of the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre, who spoke about Reclaim at the Mach event in April, sets out the business case for building such a hybrid system

Analysis and opinion
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After the international laser technology congress AKL, in Aachen in May, Matthew Dale learned that dramatic increases in power are on the horizon for ultrafast lasers

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Greg Blackman finds that new EU PPE regulations mean that laser safety eyewear must have an operational lifespan, a change that will impact manufacturers and users alike

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Keely Portway looks at how digitally networked laser machines, along with additive systems, will help improve production efficiency in the factories of the future