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Sales at 3D metal printing company up 100 per cent

The German 3D metal printing company, Concept Laser, has recorded strong growth during the first half of the year.

In terms of incoming orders, 45 machines have already been ordered in the first half of 2014, compared to 31 machines in the previous year. This is equivalent to growth of 45 per cent compared to last year.

Sales at the company have increased by 100 per cent compared to the previous year, thanks to the growing number of large systems being sold.

3D printing gets BMW's thumbs up

The BMW group has, as part of a pilot project, used 3D printing to make custom orthotic devices designed to take the stress from a worker’s thumbs when performing repetitive tasks in manufacturing cars

GM vehicle recalls due to laser welding machine

General Motors today announced six safety recalls covering 717,949 recent model vehicles in the U.S. A total of 124,007 are being recalled due to an issue with one of the company’s laser welding machines.

The faults, the company said in a press release, are due to a loss of power to a laser welding machine according to data collected between July 2013 and January 2014. The vehicles are being recalled to dealers to inspect a possibly incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly.

Diode laser that can cut half inch steel commercialised

TeraDiode, an MIT Lincoln Laboratory spin out company, is commercialising a diode laser system that can cut through half an inch of steel while still benefitting from diode laser's increased efficiency when compared to other laser types. Until now, systems manufacturers have struggled to keep beams from diode lasers bright enough to cut such materials.

The 4kW TeraBlade uses a power-scaling technique developed at MIT that manipulates individual diode laser beams into a single output ray. This allows for boosting power of a diode laser, while preserving a focused beam.

First photonics technology report on automotive industry

The first market report analysing the use of photonics in the automotive industry will be released in December 2014. The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) has partnered with market research company Tematys to produce the market technology report, which is expected to benefit developers of photonics technologies and sales and marketing personnel working in the field of photonics.

Quick and clean laser welding for thick metal sheets

A new laser-based hybrid welding process developed at the Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) makes it possible to weld thick pipelines and metal sheets at greater speed, reducing process costs of liquid gas tanks and pipelines by lowering processing times. It is now possible to weld aluminium alloys or steel at speeds of 6m/min or 1.5m/min respectively.

Exhibition style anniversary party at Eurolaser

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Eurolaser is organising an in house technology fair to take place on 11-12 September in the company’s native Lüneburg, Germany. The exhibition will show the company’s partners latest innovations from a range of specialists that manufacture laser systems and components.

Eurolaser will present its latest analysis tool, Watchdog, to the public for the very first time. This live-monitoring tool enables customers to keep all key functions of their laser systems in view at all times.

Trumpf strengthens Eastern European position

Trumpf has strengthened its position within Hungary through the acquisition of the Lasersystems sales agency as the company continues to expand its presence in Central and Eastern Europe. The merger was announced just weeks after a number of managerial changes within the Trumpf group.

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