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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

A schematic of Coherent's adjustable ring mode fibre and the five basic power patterns possible within the focused laser spot. (Image: Coherent)

Custom delivery

Greg Blackman discovers how emerging lasers with adjustable beam quality are improving quality and flexibility in cutting and welding 

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

Setting up shop

John Powell, technical director of Laser Expertise, on some of the key aspects to consider when buying a new cutting machine for a job shop

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

Best of the battery welding tools

Dr Joachim Döhner, vice president of Kuka’s battery business unit and chairman of the board for VDMA Battery Production, argues that laser welding is the most effective way of making electrical contacts in batteries

Powering to stable welds

Moving to very high power lasers for welding metals, like aluminium in car production, has some big benefits, as Greg Blackman finds out

Special delivery

Matthew Dale explores some of the latest technology for manipulating and measuring the beam, including a multi-spot optical module for laser brazing and a contactless beam analysis device

Driving Moore’s law with CO2 lasers

Matthew Dale reports from the European Photonic Industry Consortium’s Executive Meeting on Industrial Lasers, where it was explained how CO­2 lasers could be used to produce the next generation of computer processor

The smart money

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

Powering up the Pulse

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

Adding up in Aachen

Matthew Dale reports from the International Laser Technology Congress, AKL, where the potential for using additive manufacturing in series production was discussed

Blue revolution

High-power blue diode lasers are becoming available that have significant advantages over traditional infrared lasers for machining metals. Greg Blackman investigates

Reaping rewards with robotics

Matthew Dale looks at what can be achieved by combining robots with lasers, including a novel tool for repairing jet engines being developed by Rolls-Royce

Medical miracles

Gemma Church finds that additive manufacturing is being used to transform lives through advanced implants and guides for surgeons

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