Drilling

The test unit features a 4kW laser from IPG Photonics, and is designed to drill blast holes and break rock during mining. (Image: Sidney Resources)

US firm trialling 4kW IPG laser for mining operations

The technology is intended to eliminate conventional methods of drilling and blasting, delivering savings in time, material and operating costs

Integrators such as GFH Micromachining, 3D Micromac, and LLT Applikation develop complete laser micromachining systems featuring all the laser, motion control, software, and safety components required to realise high-quality applications (Image: GFH Micromachining)

Micromachining systems adapt to market demands

Susan Fourtane on the market trends integrators are having to respond to when developing new systems

Laser technologies will have to continue to evolve to keep up with the need of the electronics industry. (Image: Shutterstock/raigvi)

Opportunities and challenges for laser technology in the electronics sector

Electronics manufacturing presents both significant opportunities and formidable challenges for developers of laser materials processing technologies, writes James Bakewell

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