ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe (TKSE), the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials and Beam Technology IWS, and Limo have initiated development work on a new laser technology that the partners will use to improve the properties of steel strip surfaces
EOS and MTU Aero Engines, one of Germany's leading aero engine manufacturers, have signed a joint framework agreement to develop new methods of quality assurance for metal engine components produced by additive manufacturing (AM).
Dr Adrian Keppler, head of sales and marketing at EOS, said in a press release: ‘MTU and EOS have been working intensively for several years. This collaboration is now about to develop into an even closer, partner-based technological cooperation.’
A new system that uses ultra short laser pulses to manufacture medical products or sensors for the automotive market has been announced as the result of a project named New Micro Ablation Technology. The project was run by the Cross Border Cluster Stimulation (GCS) which contained project partners Agora, Lunovu, and Cewac from The Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium respectively.
The laser expertise-sharing commission, Lashare, has called for additional partners to take part in its Laser-based Equipment Assessment (LEA). This call will offer funding of more than €1.7 million to new LEA partners, based on the rules of the seventh framework program of the European Commission. The start of the new LEAs is anticipated for 1 September 2015.
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) in Dresden, Germany have developed a laser processing tool for wire cladding complex structures. The laser processing optics, CoaxWire, was presented at EuroMold in Frankfurt from 25 to 28 November.
Graphene 3D Lab presented its recently developed 3D printable graphene battery at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in Santa Clara, CA, USA
Engineers at the Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) and the Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) are developing a process for automated, underwater laser cutting which could improve the cutting speed by a factor of seven. Once finished, the process could be used for dismantling nuclear power plants or sheet piling, and the maintenance and repair of offshore structures.
A EU-funded initiative that aims to further develop an ultrafast pulsed disk laser that will have the highest speeds and output powers ever achieved, has chosen Element Six to assist the design using its cooling crystals. The laser will improve the micromachining processes used to produce transparent materials, such as the glass for smart phones.
Scientists at the composites group at Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) are developing cost-effective automated laser-based processes for repairing carbon fibre reinforced plastics
Researchers at the Laser Centre at the University of Applied Sciences Münster (LFM) in Germany together with micro-optics experts at Limo Lissotschenko Mikrooptik, have demonstrated high-brightness diode laser cutting of metals as part of a joint project BRILAMET
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
Moving to very high power lasers for welding metals, like aluminium in car production, has some big benefits, as Greg Blackman finds out