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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

Here a laser beam is being delivered via a flexible fibre to weld thin piping. (Image: Shutterstock/sspopov)

An introduction to laser welding

A brief introduction to laser welding, the technologies involved, and the advantages it offers over other joining methods

Takaaki Yamanashi, of Amada, shares how users have been getting to grips with the firm’s Locus Beam Control technology since it first debuted at EuroBLECH 2018

Laser cutting innovations make waves in industry

Takaaki Yamanashi, of Amada, shares how users have been getting to grips with the firm’s Locus Beam Control technology since it first debuted at EuroBLECH 2018

Matthew Dale learnt of smart manufacturing innovations taking place in Japan at the 15th International Laser Marketplace

Breaking bottlenecks

Matthew Dale learnt of smart manufacturing innovations taking place in Japan at the 15th International Laser Marketplace

Pravin Sievi, of Scansonic, introduces processing optics that facilitate reproducible and highly reliable hairpin welding in the production of electric motors

Rising to the challenge of large-scale e-mobility production

Pravin Sievi, of Scansonic, introduces processing optics that facilitate reproducible and highly reliable hairpin welding in the production of electric motors

Jim Bovatsek, applications engineering manager for MKS Spectra-Physics, shares how UV picosecond lasers can effectively cut layered stacks of organic polymers in flexible OLED display production

Precision laser cutting of OLED polymer stacks for bendable displays

Jim Bovatsek of MKS Spectra-Physics, shares how UV picosecond lasers can effectively cut layered stacks of organic polymers in flexible OLED display production

Hot-fire testing of a GRCop-42 L-PBF chamber and NASA HR-1 LP-DED nozzle with integral channels at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. (Image: NASA)

Additive manufacturing: Changing the game of spaceflight

Matthew Dale learns how additive manufacturing is optimising the production of rocket components

Handheld laser welding systems promise flexibility in processing, but present numerous hazards that must be dealt with before they can be used safely. (Shutterstock/Dizfoto)

Questioning the safety of handheld laser welding

Matthew Dale asks experts whether this emerging application poses any risks to the user

Hydrogen fuel cells could provide a suitable alternative to plug-in electric HGVs, where the weight of the battery could prove to be an issue. (Image: Shutterstock/Audeo und werbung)

Dynamic beam control takes on fuel cell welding challenges

New laser technology could help make hydrogen-powered vehicles commercially viable, David Stuart finds

(Image: Andrey Armyagov/Shutterstock)

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. (Image: Nataliya Hora/Shutterstock)

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

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