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Fibre lasers: 2010-2020 and beyond

Greg Blackman asks experts how fibre lasers developed between 2010 to 2020, as well as what advancements the future may hold for the technology

Amada Weld Tech uses fibre lasers and femtosecond lasers in the manufacture of stents. (Image: Amada Weld Tech)

Creating medical marvels with laser technology

Keely Portway explores the use of lasers in medical device manufacturing, including how they have played their part since the start of the pandemic

Lasers can be used to cut vehicle doorings, ABC pillars and any other structural part in a car body made out of press-hardened steel.

Laser technology trends in automotive production

LSE speaks with Martin Kuhnhen, head of Jenoptik’s Light & Production division, about the usage of laser technology on automotive production lines

A laser enclosure containing a robot designed to build propellers.

Modern challenges in laser safety

Lasermet’s David Lawton opens Matthew Dale’s eyes on the latest issues faced in ensuring laser safety for materials processing

The EUV source at Fraunhofer ILT’s Excimer facility delivers 40W at 13.5nm

EUV technology to become more accessible for SMEs

Keely Portway discovers how lasers are being used to advance Moore’s law, and how this technology is being made more affordable for smaller businesses

The LS4 integrates two laser sources, a 50W green nanosecond and a dual wavelength (near-infrared and green) 10W femtosecond source. (Image: Lasea)

Smart Systems

Keely Portway discovers how laser systems are used in smart manufacturing

The recent emergence of blue laser processing shows promise for copper processing applications in e-mobility. (Image: Nuburu)

One wavelength, two approaches

Over the summer laser users learned how two types of blue diode laser are dramatically improving copper welding for fabricating e-mobility components

Trumpf enables copper additive manufacturing by combining its TruDisk 1020 with its TruPrint systems.

Lasers initiate copper AM take-off

Optically-driven additive manufacturing is entering uncharted territory with challenging reflective, thermally conductive metals such as copper, finds Andy Extance

Scanlab’s XL Scan synchronously controls a 2D scan head and a positioning stage. It can also process 3D workpieces with integrated Z-axis control.

Micromachining over five axes

Greg Blackman on the latest scanning solutions and software for micromachining

The benefits of AI and machine learning in laser processing were discussed by a panel of experts at the show

Powering up in San Fran

Power increases across multiple laser technologies are set to bring further benefit to materials processing, Matthew Dale learnt at Photonics West

Coating a brake disc via EHLA (Credit: Fraunhofer ILT/Volker Lannert)

Augmenting automotive production

Keely Portway looks at some of the latest ways laser surface treatment is being used to optimise automotive production

A complex dimple texture applied to the curved flute surface of a drill. (Credit: Lightmotif)

Catering to the customer

Matthew Dale learns about the latest demands being made of laser micromachining technology

Lightening the load

Matthew Dale reports on ICALEO 2019, where experts highlighted the emerging challenges associated with processing lightweight materials for aerospace

LG’s upcoming Signature rollable OLED display will be able to store itself away in its base when not in use thanks to flexible display technology. (Image: LG)

Using lasers to increase display functionality

Gemma Church finds that lasers are playing a crucial role in increasing the functionality of modern displays

This Lasea system uses two processing heads to direct two halves of a more powerful, single ultrafast pulse to the workpiece in order to increase processing throughput.

Wielding the increasing average power of ultrafast lasers

Matthew Dale explores the advantages of increasing the average power of ultrafast lasers, and discovers how this higher power can be delivered to the workpiece

Professor Steen being presented with an Honorary Fellowship to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers by the institute’s president Carolyn Griffiths.

Focus: The William M. Steen Awards

The LIA has introduced a set of annual awards dedicated to Professor William Maxwell Steen, a veteran and pioneer of laser technology

The vanguard for information on laser technology

We speak to the LIA's executive director, Dr Nathanial Quick, about topics ranging from his early experiences with the organisation to the challenges still hindering the adoption of laser materials processing in industry

A changing landscape

Christopher Ryder, of MKS Instruments’ ESI products group, describes how CO2 lasers can be used to address new material challenges being faced in the manufacture of 5G technologies

Embodying the Fraunhofer spirit

Professor Dr Reinhart Poprawe, director of Fraunhofer ILT, has announced that he will retire this autumn. Here we take a closer look at his extensive career, and the impact he has had on the world of laser technology

Thinking lasers

Dr Ben Mills, an EPSRC early career fellow and senior research fellow for the ORC in Southampton, UK, explains how deep learning could be used to enhance laser processing

Going with the grain

Greg Blackman speaks to Marco Reichle, at Reichle Technologiezentrum, on laser texturing injection moulds for vehicle makers – now a huge part of the firm’s business

Plastic fantastic

Gemma Church investigates the explosion of cross-industry plastic welding techniques

Success in sintering

Stephen Dyson, special operations manager at Protolabs, on how direct metal laser sintering is evolving to become an important additive manufacturing tool

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