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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)

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

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

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