Buildings, launch pads and roads could be built out of moon dust melted with a laser, turning the lunar surface into a vital outpost for further space exploration. (Image: Team SEArch+/Apis Cor)

AI-assisted laser 3D printing to create moon-base infrastructure

24 June 2022

On-site fabrication could save enormous transportation costs and be a crucial factor in advancing the exploration of the Moon and space

The A-Link is the first certified load-bearing additively manufactured metal spare part, according to Lufthansa Technik.

Lufthansa Technik receives certification for 3D-printed engine part

17 June 2022

This represents the first aviation certification of an additively manufactured load-bearing metal spare part, according to the partners

The scientists are using an 'Einstein Elevator' to perform welding experiments under microgravity. (Image: LUH/Christoph Lotz) 

Scientists investigate laser welding for repairing space stations

16 June 2022

The researchers are investigating flow behaviour during the welding of similar and dissimilar joints made of aluminium alloys and steel materials

The scientists can use the plume generated during LPBF as a ‘process signature’ that provides insight into the stability of the process. (Image: Heriot-Watt University)

Researchers optimise LPBF using plume monitoring

10 June 2022

Examining the plume generated during LPBF can help determine the stability of the process.

Here a square gear micropattern has been printed out of copper. (Image: Dmitry Grigoryev, ITMO News)

New laser writing method developed for copper micropattern printing

09 June 2022

The micropatterns can now be printed 100 times faster for use in various devices such as chemical sensors, flexible electronics, and anti-theft systems

Separation of printed components in an automated separation station on the new production line. (Image: BMW Group)

Fully automated AM line developed for automotive series production

09 June 2022

A digitally connected, fully automated 3D printing production line has been set up for automotive series production

The snake can be deployed and operated remotely inside hazardous, difficult-to-reach environments in nuclear fusion powerplants. (Image: UKAEA/RACE)

'Robotic snake' performs nuclear plant welding repairs

07 June 2022

The new technology can be deployed and operated remotely inside hazardous, difficult-to-reach environments

Blue laser light is suited to processing reflective metals such as copper and aluminium. (Image: Nuburu)

Nuburu to develop blue-laser 3D printers in new partnership

20 May 2022

The new printer will enable manufacturers to create production-grade parts using reflective metals

Laser-assisted metal flux-cored welding will increase underwater joining efficiency and quality. (Image: LZH)

Projects to advance underwater welding and brass joining

18 May 2022

Two LZH projects are tackling the challenges of underwater welding and brass welding for industry

The discs were tested on two ships sailing from Europe to Asia. (Image: iStock/dan_prat)

Laser textured discs improve marine engine performance

16 May 2022

Currently, such discs are treated with a thermal spray coating, which isn’t as precise as the industry needs

Liebinger spoke on a panel at the Laser World of Photonics in April (Credit: Messe Munich)

Laser job shops, not just global entities, need quantum computing – Trumpf CTO Peter Leibinger

13 May 2022

Laser firms could really benefit from quantum computing, which should not just be reserved for the world's big challenges

Bipolar plate functionalised with USP laser microstructuring (Credit: Fraunhofer ILT)

Fraunhofer ILT inaugurates Hydrogen Lab at AKL’22

11 May 2022

The ‘Hydrogen Lab’ offers a wide range of laser-based experimental facilities that cover the manufacturing steps for producing metallic bipolar plates