Additive manufacturing

LMD and LPBF can be used to produce composite materials with thin layers and a range of different properties. (Image Fraunhofer ILT)

AM used to produce metal composites

The 3D printing method can be used to produce a ferrous composite material of balanced hardness and toughness – similar to Damascus steel.

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 new Peregrine software being used to monitor and analyse a component during printing. (Image: Luke Scime/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy)

New AI software to offer real-time 3D printing quality assessment

The new AI software identifies and controls surface-visible defects by using a convolutional neural network to perform high speed image analysis

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