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Industrial Laser Solutions is read by qualified manufacturing professionals in more than140 countries worldwide with our current demographic circulation split about 60% domestic and 40% international. We match our reader’s geographic locations by soliciting and publishing technical articles contributed by authors from around the world who represent organizations at the cutting edge of industrial material processing. Industrial Laser Solutions authors offer knowledgeable, ahead-of-the-curve information on advancesbeing made in the use of lasers in manufacturing operations. In the past, we have presented thoughtful articles on: laser welding aluminum auto body components, laser processing composite materials, process monitoring for laser additive manufacturing operations, and welding CFRP materials for aerospace applications.

Mission: Industrial Laser Solutions is dedicated to reaching qualified professionals who are interested in using lasers for materials processing in every major manufacturing environment. We are the only publication with a global readership comprised of laser buyers and specifiers - the competition only offers slices of what we cover!

Metal additive manufacturing system supplier Optomec Inc. has signed an agreement with Select Additive Technologies, mak...
05/17/2019

Metal additive manufacturing system supplier Optomec Inc. has signed an agreement with Select Additive Technologies, making the full range of Optomec’s Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) 3D Metal Printing systems accessible through one of the largest CNC machine tool distribution networks in North America: http://bit.ly/2wb5aj3

Mazak Europe will host its Manufacturing Solutions NOW Open House from June 11-13, 2019 at its European Technology Centr...
05/10/2019

Mazak Europe will host its Manufacturing Solutions NOW Open House from June 11-13, 2019 at its European Technology Centre in Worcester, England. The open house will include 22 machines in total, as well as feature guest talks from representatives at McLaren Applied Technologies and Concorde: http://bit.ly/2PX1nir

The eVerest research project joins five companies (Amphos GmbH, Scanlab, Sauer GmbH, Precitec GmbH, and Volkswagen) and ...
05/09/2019

The eVerest research project joins five companies (Amphos GmbH, Scanlab, Sauer GmbH, Precitec GmbH, and Volkswagen) and three research institutions (Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT, FH Münster, and RWTH Aachen University) to radically improve laser structuring technology with resolutions in the micrometer regime: http://bit.ly/2H4gH8U

Laser specialist 4JET and aircraft paint supplier Mankiewicz are developing a laser surface treatment process that autom...
05/08/2019

Laser specialist 4JET and aircraft paint supplier Mankiewicz are developing a laser surface treatment process that automatically creates fuel-saving riblets onto painted aircraft surfaces: http://bit.ly/2WvXjbC

The Technological Centre for Plastics (Fundación Andaltec) has launched a R&D project in which the center will develop ...
05/07/2019

The Technological Centre for Plastics (Fundación Andaltec) has launched a R&D project in which the center will develop a laser microtexturing system that will yield plastic parts with aesthetic properties and advanced functions: http://bit.ly/2vSmBVP

Bold Laser Automation has developed a process for laser drilling atomizing nozzles with exit hole diameters down to ~1.0...
05/06/2019
Production-rated UV DPSS laser can drill 1 µm exit holes

Bold Laser Automation has developed a process for laser drilling atomizing nozzles with exit hole diameters down to ~1.0 µm using a production-rated UV DPSS laser. These nozzles are used for atomizing various fluids, including pharmaceuticals for pulmonary drug delivery, diagnostic reagent devices, water, and colognes/perfume.

Using a UV DPSS laser, beam shaping, and a lens enables the company to achieve excellent hole quality.

A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT, Fraunhofer FEP, and RWTH Aachen University has...
05/03/2019

A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT, Fraunhofer FEP, and RWTH Aachen University has developed a coating process that enables radar sensors to be integrated in car headlights: http://bit.ly/2PMRjsr

Contract manufacturer Cadence, Inc. has acquired the assets of ArcorLaser, a provider of laser processing services that ...
05/02/2019

Contract manufacturer Cadence, Inc. has acquired the assets of ArcorLaser, a provider of laser processing services that include advanced welding, cutting, machining, marking, and microdrilling: http://bit.ly/2VarUip

The 2018 World Machine Tool Survey from Gardner Intelligence counts lasers for cutting/forming in their report, so Indus...
05/01/2019
Are lasers riding the 2018 global machine tool boom?

The 2018 World Machine Tool Survey from Gardner Intelligence counts lasers for cutting/forming in their report, so Industrial Laser Solutions' Editor in Chief David Belforte's antenna—which is always tuned to lasers—focused on corroboration from China's laser market. Learn more in his latest commentary here.

There is no question that the China situation, either as an importer or exporter, is on every industrial laser company's mind.

Working with laser cutting and metal fabrication equipment supplier MBA Engineering Systems Ltd, an Outokumpu Group team...
04/30/2019

Working with laser cutting and metal fabrication equipment supplier MBA Engineering Systems Ltd, an Outokumpu Group team identified a requirement to update its metal cutting capabilities' function. After discussing its cutting capacity and turnaround with MBA and following a visit with them to KIMLA, they made the decision to replace two of its three machines with one—a Kimla ProCut 20 60 LF 6 kW 6 × 2 m laser cutter: http://bit.ly/2GTxCw2

The UKP Workshop, held April 10-11, 2019, in Aachen, Germany, welcomed more than 170 participants from 14 countries, who...
04/29/2019

The UKP Workshop, held April 10-11, 2019, in Aachen, Germany, welcomed more than 170 participants from 14 countries, who came together to discuss the latest trends in the development of ultrashort-pulse (USP) laser technology for industrial applications: http://bit.ly/2VBUkkB

Welding and fabrication company WRES has introduced a new, fully automated 6 kW ByStar Fiber laser from Bystronic Laser ...
04/26/2019

Welding and fabrication company WRES has introduced a new, fully automated 6 kW ByStar Fiber laser from Bystronic Laser AG. At 15 m in length, the laser cutting machine can process sheets of metal with an automated loading system: http://bit.ly/2Vvkm97

Here, read Editorial Advisor Ron Schaeffer's takeaways from the 2019 UKP Workshop held April 10-11th in Aachen, Germany,...
04/25/2019
2019 UKP Workshop in Aachen

Here, read Editorial Advisor Ron Schaeffer's takeaways from the 2019 UKP Workshop held April 10-11th in Aachen, Germany, and organized by Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT.

For the fifth time in 8 years, ultrashort-pulse laser experts met in Aachen, Germany for the UKP Workshop.

A team of researchers has 3D-printed chalcogenide glass, a material used to make optical components that operate at mid-...
04/23/2019

A team of researchers has 3D-printed chalcogenide glass, a material used to make optical components that operate at mid-infrared wavelengths. The ability to 3D-print this glass could make it possible to manufacture complex glass components and optical fibers: http://bit.ly/2VkUJYp

On March 27, 2019, the Industrialization and Digitization of Additive Manufacturing (IDAM) joint project held its kickof...
04/22/2019

On March 27, 2019, the Industrialization and Digitization of Additive Manufacturing (IDAM) joint project held its kickoff meeting in Munich, Germany, with the goal of paving the way for additive manufacturing to enter automotive series production. The Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT and RWTH Aachen University are supporting the project: http://bit.ly/2KTQe37

Working in partnership with automaker Renault, a French automotive components manufacturer contacted LASIT, which design...
04/19/2019
Lasit develops laser marking system for turbochargers

Working in partnership with automaker Renault, a French automotive components manufacturer contacted LASIT, which designs and manufactures standard and customized laser marking machines, to laser-mark turbocharger volutes and carry out the leakage test on components.

The Flypress system is suitable for the laser marking of a turbocharger component that features different heights.

Sixteen project partners, including Slm Solutions, are developing a guideline and economic model for the additive manufa...
04/11/2019

Sixteen project partners, including Slm Solutions, are developing a guideline and economic model for the additive manufacturing of qualified metal parts in the oil, gas, and maritime industry: http://bit.ly/2Z2KF5r

The photonics industry in NH is alive and well - one long-time company in this industry located in NH is Kentek. Recentl...
04/11/2019
Photonics in NH

The photonics industry in NH is alive and well - one long-time company in this industry located in NH is Kentek. Recently, Industrial Laser Solutions Editorial Advisory Board member Ron Schaeffer had the opportunity to visit the laser safety company - read about his visit here.

The photonics industry in New Hampshire is alive and well. 

By using ultrashort laser pulses, a team of researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has found an effic...
04/09/2019

By using ultrashort laser pulses, a team of researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has found an efficient mechanism for laser ablation that could help pave the way to the use of lower-energy, less costly lasers in many industrial laser processing applications: http://bit.ly/2WUEuyD

At Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft IWS, the HeatPressCool-Integrative (HPCI) process combines years of experience in adhesive bo...
04/09/2019

At Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft IWS, the HeatPressCool-Integrative (HPCI) process combines years of experience in adhesive bonding with modern technological developments in laser remote technology to join plastic to metal - learn more: http://bit.ly/2UHOxth

04/08/2019

Prima Power has opened its new 21,000+ sq-ft. manufacturing site in Seinäjoki, Finland. The new facility, which has been in operation since November 2018, was officially inaugurated on March 21, 2019: http://bit.ly/2G7qwDQ

Recent work done at McMaster Engineering focused on optimizing the quality and cost of additively manufactured aluminum ...
04/03/2019

Recent work done at McMaster Engineering focused on optimizing the quality and cost of additively manufactured aluminum parts applied in some critical applications specifically for the metal mirrors of high-power laser system or wide-view space telescopes: http://bit.ly/2VfxeNt

04/02/2019

Cathay Capital Private Equity, Mérieux Equity Partners, Bpifrance, and Auriga Partners have entered into negotiations for the sale of their stakes in ultrafast laser maker Amplitude Systemes, whose lasers have utility in scientific, medical, and industrial applications, to Luxembourg-based investment company L-GAM: http://bit.ly/2U9ZIf2

The Thin Film Processing group at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT specializes in the post-treatment of coa...
04/01/2019

The Thin Film Processing group at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT specializes in the post-treatment of coatings using lasers, with particular focus on the aerospace industry. One laser processing method the group offers is laser treatment of printed, thin electronic layers - learn more: http://bit.ly/2FHFuyZ

Aiming to to meet the increasing requirements of customers in China, sales, applications engineering, service, and suppo...
03/28/2019

Aiming to to meet the increasing requirements of customers in China, sales, applications engineering, service, and support for Synrad's (a business unit of Novanta Inc.) CO2 lasers will transition from A&P Instrument to Novanta's China subsidiary in Shenzhen. The transition will take place in phases over the next several months in 2019: http://bit.ly/2JIDH1U

Three years ago, a major American manufacturer of automotive components asked laser marking machine maker LASIT for a la...
03/26/2019

Three years ago, a major American manufacturer of automotive components asked laser marking machine maker LASIT for a laser marker to track bevel gears and automobile differentials. The manufacturer needed precision and reliability, along with productivity and the ability to check the quality of the marked Data Matrix codes: http://bit.ly/2JFTu1G

03/25/2019

Superior Joining Technologies, Inc., which offers highly technical and precise welding services, has acquired a new modular laser deposition technology (LDT) system to close a gap in its precision welding services offering - learn more: http://bit.ly/2UgIiwB

Hypertherm North America, which manufactures industrial cutting systems and software, has signed a definitive merger agr...
03/22/2019
Hypertherm to expand into waterjet cutting

Hypertherm North America, which manufactures industrial cutting systems and software, has signed a definitive merger agreement with OMAX Corporation, a manufacturer of abrasive waterjet systems, to establish that company as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hypertherm. The two companies will merge on or around April 9, 2019.

Hypertherm, which manufactures industrial cutting systems, will merge with a manufacturer of abrasive waterjet systems.

Laser materials processing solutions provider II-VI Incorporated has opened a service center for laser processing heads ...
03/18/2019

Laser materials processing solutions provider II-VI Incorporated has opened a service center for laser processing heads in Suzhou, China: http://bit.ly/2HFz9XB

Around 200 participants from 18 countries came together at the 5th Conference of the ICTM International Center for Turbo...
03/15/2019

Around 200 participants from 18 countries came together at the 5th Conference of the ICTM International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing, which was held February 6-7, 2019, in Aachen, Germany and organized by Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie IPT and Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT, to discuss new trends with experts from industries that included aviation and power generation: http://bit.ly/2T9lnP4

Sports car maker Bugatti used SLM Solutions Group AG metal additive manufacturing technology to produce automotive compo...
03/12/2019

Sports car maker Bugatti used SLM Solutions Group AG metal additive manufacturing technology to produce automotive components: http://bit.ly/2ETr9PD

The Gilching, Germany micromachining and subsystem facility of Coherent Inc. has significantly expanded and relocated th...
03/11/2019
Coherent creates Center of Excellence for industrial laser processing systems

The Gilching, Germany micromachining and subsystem facility of Coherent Inc. has significantly expanded and relocated the company's laser marking group from nearby Gunding. This Center of Excellence, designated as Coherent Munich, affirms the company's commitment to the industrial materials processing and manufacturing segment.

This Center of Excellence, designated as Coherent Munich, will upgrade the organization's applications and R&D capabilities.

Since its inception, Sendcutsend has invested over $1 million in state-of-the-art equipment, including a 3 kW fiber lase...
03/11/2019
Laser cutting company offers 24-hour small batch fabrication

Since its inception, Sendcutsend has invested over $1 million in state-of-the-art equipment, including a 3 kW fiber laser cutting system that can cut up to 2200 in/min.

Since its inception, the company has invested over $1 million in state-of-the-art laser cutting equipment. 

The Weiss-Aug Surgical Products Division includes a Laser Lab Technology Center, with laser cutting and marking (etching...
03/08/2019

The Weiss-Aug Surgical Products Division includes a Laser Lab Technology Center, with laser cutting and marking (etching) machines that expand the company’s advanced prototyping capabilities to better support the demanding developmental requirements of today’s fast-moving markets: http://bit.ly/2HlYeGQ

Amada Miyachi America, Inc., which makes welding, marking, cutting, sealing, and bonding systems, has received a multi-m...
03/07/2019
Amada Miyachi America gains large order for laser micromachining systems

Amada Miyachi America, Inc., which makes welding, marking, cutting, sealing, and bonding systems, has received a multi-million-dollar, multi-system order for ultrashort-pulse laser micromachining equipment to be installed in a major United States-based medical device manufacturer.

Each laser micromachining system includes an ultrashort-pulse laser, among other features. 

The Laser Institute of America will be awarding 10 nominees with the Achievement in Laser Safety Education (ALSE) Award ...
03/07/2019
LIA to recognize Achievement in Laser Safety Education award finalists

The Laser Institute of America will be awarding 10 nominees with the Achievement in Laser Safety Education (ALSE) Award at the International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC) set to take place March 18-21, 2019 in Kissimmee, FL.

The award recognizes organizations and their laser safety program managers for dedicating significant time and resources.

03/05/2019

The Windform materials in the worldwide selection of powders for additive manufacturing are valued for outstanding performance and mechanical properties. CRP Group ensures the highest quality in the manufacture of 3D-printed components in Windform. For this reason, these composite materials will no longer be sold to service bureaus for the toll-manufacture of 3D printing components: http://bit.ly/2XCREkO

03/04/2019

A team of scientists at Heriot-Watt University has welded glass and metal together using an ultrafast laser system. The process could have uses in the aerospace, defense, optical technology, and healthcare manufacturing industries: http://bit.ly/2IRXn3b

Pannier, which supplies marking systems and metal tags, and Laserax, which develops, markets, and installs inline laser ...
03/01/2019

Pannier, which supplies marking systems and metal tags, and Laserax, which develops, markets, and installs inline laser marking and laser cleaning solutions, entered a partnership agreement in January 2019. Both companies serve the metals and automotive industries: http://bit.ly/2INACNy

A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT is studying and developing laser processing metho...
02/28/2019

A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT is studying and developing laser processing methods for economical joining, cutting, ablation, and drilling of composite materials, especially in the context of their integration into existing process chains: http://bit.ly/2XwtuZw

From manufacturing plants and medical labs to the automotive, aviation, and steel fabrication industries, the laser is b...
02/27/2019

From manufacturing plants and medical labs to the automotive, aviation, and steel fabrication industries, the laser is becoming the most preferred method for surface cleaning of materials, explains Alex Fraser of Laserax: http://bit.ly/2VoGLkQ

Scott Keeney, co-founder and CEO of high-power semiconductor and fiber laser maker nLIGHT, has been selected as winner o...
02/27/2019
TAO names nLIGHT's Scott Keeney as 2019 Technology Executive of the Year

Scott Keeney, co-founder and CEO of high-power semiconductor and fiber laser maker nLIGHT, has been selected as winner of the 2019 Sam Blackman Award by the Technology Association of Oregon. Formerly known as the Technology Executive of the Year, the award honors executives of Oregon- and Southwest-Washington-based technology companies for excellence in industry leadership, as well as the individual’s positive impact in the greater community.

Scott Keeney, co-founder and CEO of nLIGHT, will win the 2019 Sam Blackman Award by the Technology Association of Oregon.  

A known problem in additive manufacturing is tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other f...
02/26/2019

A known problem in additive manufacturing is tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other failures. Recognizing this, a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Argonne National Laboratory has identified how and when these gas pockets form, as well as a methodology to predict their formation, which could dramatically improve the 3D printing process: http://bit.ly/2EyrMiC

Air treatment technologies developer ULT AG, which was founded in 1994 by Christian Jakschik, is celebrating its 25th ye...
02/20/2019
ULT celebrates 25 years in air treatment technology

Air treatment technologies developer ULT AG, which was founded in 1994 by Christian Jakschik, is celebrating its 25th year in business. Since its founding, the company has grown to more than 130 employees.

Since its founding in 1994, the air treatment technologies company has grown to more than 130 employees.  

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