Combining lasers with plasma for better glass processing

30 April 2014

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST) in Germany have developed a technique to embed microstructures on glass more efficiently. The new approach involves combining a laser with a plasma beam, which initial results have demonstrated could make production processes more precise and economical.

Registration open for Invest in Photonics funding

16 April 2014

Registration is now open for SMEs seeking funding from Invest in Photonics, a two-day international business partnering convention focused exclusively on photonics venture capital investment

Finalists for AKL laser materials processing prize announced

16 April 2014

A femtosecond laser printer, a method for topographical measurements in laser materials processing, and laser fired contact technology for fabricating silicon solar cells are the three finalists of this year's Innovation Award Laser Technology

Highyag moves to larger facilities

16 April 2014

Highyag Lasertechnologie, a leading supplier in the laser material processing industry, has opened a new head office located in Kleinmachnow, just outside of Berlin

EU consortium to further photonics prototypes wraps up

10 April 2014

The consortium partners of NEXPRESSO have held their final review meeting with the European Commission. Over the course of the four-year project, the consortium purchased €225,000 of photonics components for use in 11 R&D projects

IET prize lecture to highlight role of lasers in solar power

08 April 2014

Professor Stuart Wenham, director of the ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence at the University of New South Wales and CTO of PV manufacturer Suntech-Power, will give this year's IET A F Harvey Engineering research prize lecture

Laser repair of fibre reinforced plastics cuts costs

08 April 2014

Scientists at the composites group at Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) are developing cost-effective automated laser-based processes for repairing carbon fibre reinforced plastics

Research and industry leaders urge Congressional support for photonics

04 April 2014

At the end of March, the US National Photonics Initiative (NPI) welcomed volunteers from industry and research labs across the United States visiting Congressional offices in Washington to push for support in matters related to technologies and R&D in photonics

CNC cutting company installs first UK Trumpf BrightLine laser

04 April 2014

Nottingham, UK-based CNC profiling specialist, Lasershape, has installed a new Trumpf TruLaser 5030 fibre CNC laser cutting centre with BrightLine technology. The system is one of the first of its type in the UK

IMRA America and Jenoptik announce license agreement

01 April 2014

Ultrafast fibre laser specialist IMRA America (IMRA) and Jenoptik Laser in Germany have entered into a license agreement for the use of IMRA patent rights, which includes techniques of micromachining by using ultrafast lasers. The agreement will allow Jenoptik to expand into new markets by allowing customers to create micromachined products.

Additive manufacturing used in 'life changing' operation

20 March 2014

Surgeons at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, Wales, have successfully repaired a man’s cheek bone and eye socket, which were damaged during a motorcycle crash, using additive manufacturing

IPG grows 14 per cent in Q4 2013, driven by materials processing

05 March 2014

IPG Photonics has reported revenue growth of 14 per cent for Q4 2013, driven by 22 per cent increase in materials processing sales