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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!

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The Lasea Group has purchased a majority share of Optec, which specializes in UV and ultrashort-pulse #Lasers and has a ...
08/10/2020
LASEA and OPTEC merge

The Lasea Group has purchased a majority share of Optec, which specializes in UV and ultrashort-pulse #Lasers and has a strong presence in the U.S. and Asia.

With this merger, the two laser micromachining companies are convinced that respective customers will benefit from the pooling of operations.

Photonics Systems Group is looking toward the second half of 2020 with a sense of caution, given how unpredictable the c...
07/23/2020
Photonic Systems Group cautiously optimistic about remainder of 2020

Photonics Systems Group is looking toward the second half of 2020 with a sense of caution, given how unpredictable the current state of affairs is in terms of COVID-19.

The company is looking toward the second half of 2020 with a sense of caution, given how unpredictable the current state of affairs is in terms of COVID-19.

Here, learn how Luxinar's carbon dioxide lasers are being used in applications that include perforating, scribing, marki...
07/21/2020
Carbon dioxide lasers for the packaging and printing industries

Here, learn how Luxinar's carbon dioxide lasers are being used in applications that include perforating, scribing, marking, engraving, and kiss cutting.

Carbon dioxide lasers are widely used in applications that include perforating, scribing, marking, engraving, and kiss cutting.

Additive manufacturing solutions supplier Optomec Inc.has developed a new tool that calculates the payback of automated ...
07/20/2020
ROI analysis shows that laser-automated turbine blade repair is good investment

Additive manufacturing solutions supplier Optomec Inc.has developed a new tool that calculates the payback of automated laser cladding equipment for gas turbine maintenance and repair operations.

The tool was developed by a laser processing expert in the aerospace, aviation, medical, and power industries, and leverages Optomec’s real-world experience remanufacturing 10 million industrial turbine blades.

Here, this article from AMADA WELD TECH INC. gives a great refresher on laser safety basics.
07/13/2020
Laser safety: A few reminders

Here, this article from AMADA WELD TECH INC. gives a great refresher on laser safety basics.

When you’ve been working with a technology for five decades, you occasionally need reminders that others have not, and it’s a good idea to revisit some of the basics every once in a while—especially when it comes to laser safety.

Strahlkraft Lasertechnik (SKLT) has introduced its laser multi-wire technology (LMWT) to join thick steel or aluminum pl...
06/25/2020
Laser welding process accommodates thick materials with wide gaps

Strahlkraft Lasertechnik (SKLT) has introduced its laser multi-wire technology (LMWT) to join thick steel or aluminum plates with gap widths of up to 3 mm at very high process speeds.

The laser welding process closes a technology gap for use with plate thicknesses up to 10 mm and offers a high-performance alternative to the commonly used electric arc process.

The laser welding process works particle-free—therefore, it is predestined for production in cleanrooms in industries su...
06/11/2020
Medical technology field benefits from laser welding of plastics

The laser welding process works particle-free—therefore, it is predestined for production in cleanrooms in industries such as medical technology. To that end, Evosys Laser GmbH, a specialist for laser welding of plastics, manufactures tailor-made machines in this field.

Since laser welding is particle-free, clean, and free of additives, it is the first choice in this sector.

United Performance Metals has installed a new 8 kW fiber laser in its Cincinnati headquarters, adding to its existing li...
06/08/2020
United Performance Metals installs new 8 kW fiber laser

United Performance Metals has installed a new 8 kW fiber laser in its Cincinnati headquarters, adding to its existing lineup of laser cutting machines in its Ohio Laser Center of Excellence.

The company now operates four laser cutting machines in its Ohio Laser Center of Excellence.

Industrial Laser Solutions announces that Penn State Mechanical Engineering and Penn State Department of Industrial and ...
06/04/2020
Industrial Laser Solutions welcomes Timothy W. Simpson to Editorial Advisory Board

Industrial Laser Solutions announces that Penn State Mechanical Engineering and Penn State Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering's Timothy W. Simpson is now a member of the publication's International Editorial Advisory Board. Simpson, who is one of the leading experts in additive manufacturing, will strengthen the publication's perspective on that technology.

Timothy W. Simpson, who is one of the leading experts in additive manufacturing, will strengthen the publication's perspective on that technology.

InnoLas Solutions has entered a partnership with Scanlab GmbH, which manufactures scanning solutions to guide and positi...
06/02/2020
InnoLas, Scanlab partner to develop large-scale laser scanner

InnoLas Solutions has entered a partnership with Scanlab GmbH, which manufactures scanning solutions to guide and position laser beams. The joint expertise lays the groundwork for realizing extremely complex customer projects in laser micromachining.

The joint expertise lays the groundwork for realizing extremely complex customer projects in laser micromachining.

Longtime laser marketer Bill Shiner, who retired from IPG Photonics last year, passed away on May 7, 2020 - here, Editor...
05/12/2020
The old order changeth: Bill Shiner

Longtime laser marketer Bill Shiner, who retired from IPG Photonics last year, passed away on May 7, 2020 - here, Editor in Chief David Belforte reflects on their 50-year business relationship and their friendship.

Legendary laser marketer Bill Shiner (1941-2020) met and started working with me 50 years ago when we were both part of a team, organized as the first interpreneurship by American Optical Corporation (AO).

3DPRINTUK has mastered the process of printing face shields in PA2200 nylon using its in-house bank of EOS Formiga selec...
05/12/2020
3DPRINTUK develops efficient 3D-printed face shield

3DPRINTUK has mastered the process of printing face shields in PA2200 nylon using its in-house bank of EOS Formiga selective laser sintering (SLS) machines.

3DPRINTUK has mastered the process of printing face shields in PA2200 nylon using its in-house bank of EOS Formiga selective laser sintering (SLS) machines.

The passing of Steven A. Llewellyn (December 12, 1941 – April 30, 2020) adds to the pantheon of respected and admired pi...
05/11/2020
Obituary: Steve Llewellyn, industrial laser material processing trailblazer

The passing of Steven A. Llewellyn (December 12, 1941 – April 30, 2020) adds to the pantheon of respected and admired pioneers who contributed to the growth of industrial laser material processing.

The passing of Steven A. Llewellyn adds to the pantheon of respected and admired pioneers who contributed to the growth of industrial laser material processing.

Velo_3D has released its process for additive manufacturing of parts in Aluminum F357 on its Sapphire metal 3D printing ...
05/08/2020
Laser additive manufacturing works with aircraft-grade aluminum alloy

Velo_3D has released its process for additive manufacturing of parts in Aluminum F357 on its Sapphire metal 3D printing system. This aluminum alloy is suitable for the laser powder-bed fusion process, enabling 3D printing of parts that have traditionally been manufactured using casting practices.

The aluminum alloy is suitable for a laser additive manufacturing process called laser powder-bed fusion, enabling 3D printing of parts that have traditionally been manufactured using casting practices.

Component manufacturer Mursix has transformed into a major manufacturer of personal protective equipment (#PPE), making ...
05/07/2020
Mursix uses carbon dioxide laser to transform into major PPE maker

Component manufacturer Mursix has transformed into a major manufacturer of personal protective equipment (#PPE), making 500,000 disposable face shields a week for hospitals and nursing homes all over the U.S. and Mexico.

The company has transformed into a major manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE), making 500,000 disposable face shields a week.

Fiber laser cutting system manufacturer Bystronic Laser AG will now assemble the BySmart Fiber 3015 cutter at a new faci...
05/06/2020
Bystronic to assemble BySmart Fiber laser cutter in U.S.

Fiber laser cutting system manufacturer Bystronic Laser AG will now assemble the BySmart Fiber 3015 cutter at a new facility in Hoffman Estates, IL. The next-generation BySmart Fiber will be shipped virtually fully assembled to most locations within North America.

The next-generation BySmart Fiber laser cutting system will be shipped virtually fully assembled to most locations within North America.

MECCO, which has developed laser and dot peen solutions for permanent marking and traceability for more than 130 years, ...
05/05/2020
Laser marking solutions provider MECCO acquires FARO Photonics

MECCO, which has developed laser and dot peen solutions for permanent marking and traceability for more than 130 years, has acquired FARO Technologies' Photonics division.

MECCO has had a well-established relationship with FARO Photonics, leveraging the company’s products in MECCO’s laser marking and processing solutions.

Bilsing Automation GmbH has added laser heat treating for hardening of automotive forming and stamping dies to its servi...
05/04/2020
Bilsing adds laser hardening service for automotive dies

Bilsing Automation GmbH has added laser heat treating for hardening of automotive forming and stamping dies to its service offerings.

Compared to other heat treatment methodologies, laser heat treating consistently delivers higher-quality dies faster and at less cost.

Global laser manufacturer Luxinar is supporting a number of its customers, partner organizations, and colleagues in the ...
04/17/2020
Luxinar carbon-dioxide lasers help in the fight against COVID-19

Global laser manufacturer Luxinar is supporting a number of its customers, partner organizations, and colleagues in the fight against the #Coronavirus (#COVID19).

Global laser manufacturer Luxinar is supporting a number of its customers, partner organizations, and colleagues in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Knust-Godwin has placed an order with Velo_3D for the world’s tallest production metal-powder laser additive manufacturi...
04/16/2020
World’s tallest laser-powder additive manufacturing system to service the oil field

Knust-Godwin has placed an order with Velo_3D for the world’s tallest production metal-powder laser additive manufacturing system, exceeding the build height of other laser additive manufacturing systems. The system will ship in Q4 2020.

Knust-Godwin has placed an order for the world’s tallest production metal-powder laser additive manufacturing system, exceeding the build height of other laser additive manufacturing systems.

Laser-cut Bag Valve Mask ventilators developed by Cranfield University and Georgia Tech are designed to be used by medic...
04/10/2020
International collaboration designs, builds low-cost ventilator for COVID-19 patients

Laser-cut Bag Valve Mask ventilators developed by Cranfield University and Georgia Tech are designed to be used by medical staff, first responders, nurses, doctors, and carers as a temporary or emergency breathing aid for those with #COVID19.

The laser-cut Bag Valve Mask ventilators are designed to be used by medical staff, first responders, nurses, doctors, and carers as a temporary or emergency breathing aid for those with COVID-19.

Here, we present an example of Trotec Laser Canada industrial lasers aiding in coping with the spread of COVID-19 by usi...
04/09/2020
Lasers aid in fighting COVID-19 with PPE face shields

Here, we present an example of Trotec Laser Canada industrial lasers aiding in coping with the spread of COVID-19 by using the laser to cut a unique design for PPE face shields in thin acrylic sheet.

Here, we present another example of industrial lasers aiding in coping with the spread of COVID-19 by using the laser to cut a unique design in thin acrylic sheet.

Here, Derek Kern, president and CEO of Kern Laser Systems, shows what some of the company's customers are conducting to ...
04/08/2020
More industrial laser responses to COVID-19

Here, Derek Kern, president and CEO of Kern Laser Systems, shows what some of the company's customers are conducting to combat the effects of #COVID19 and its far-reaching implications within industries and the economy alike.

Derek Kern, president and CEO of Kern Laser Systems, shows what some of the company's customers are conducting to combat the effects of COVID-19 and its far-reaching implications within industries and the economy alike.

Responding to the huge demand for innovative laser processing optics, Scansonic serves almost all leading international ...
04/07/2020
Scansonic celebrates 20 years

Responding to the huge demand for innovative laser processing optics, Scansonic serves almost all leading international car manufacturers and supplements this with processing optics for laser welding, hardening, and cutting.

Responding to the huge demand for innovative laser processing optics, Scansonic serves almost all leading international car manufacturers and supplements this with processing optics for laser welding, hardening, and cutting.

Here, we continue to tap into the worldwide industrial laser material processing community to learn how this technology ...
04/06/2020
An update on industrial laser responses to COVID-19 crisis issues

Here, we continue to tap into the worldwide industrial laser material processing community to learn how this technology is contributing toward combatting conditions brought on by COVID-19.

We are continuing to tap into the worldwide industrial laser material processing community to learn how this technology is contributing toward combatting conditions brought on by COVID-19.

Recognizing the ongoing global health crisis caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Siemens is making its Additiv...
04/01/2020
In response to COVID-19, Siemens opens Additive Manufacturing Network

Recognizing the ongoing global health crisis caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Siemens is making its Additive Manufacturing (AM) Network, along with its 3D printers, available to the global medical community to speed design and production of medical components.

The Additive Manufacturing Network connects users, designers, and 3D printing service providers to enable faster and less complicated production of spare parts for machines like ventilators.

We are tapping into the worldwide industrial laser material processing community to learn how this technology is contrib...
03/30/2020
Industrial lasers pitch in to fight COVID-19

We are tapping into the worldwide industrial laser material processing community to learn how this technology is contributing toward combatting conditions brought on by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the first in a planned series on this subject.

We are tapping into the worldwide industrial laser material processing community to learn how this technology is contributing toward combatting conditions brought on by COVID-19.

HP and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilizing their #3DPrinting teams, technology, experience, and pr...
03/27/2020
With industry partners, HP mobilizes 3D printing solutions to battle COVID-19

HP and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilizing their #3DPrinting teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to help deliver critical parts in the effort to battle the #COVID19 pandemic.

HP and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilizing their 3D printing teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to help deliver critical parts in the effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Set to take place tomorrow, March 25th, Nanofabrica will host a virtual roundtable on using #AdditiveManufacturing to fi...
03/24/2020

Set to take place tomorrow, March 25th, Nanofabrica will host a virtual roundtable on using #AdditiveManufacturing to fight #COVID19.

Nanofabrica to host virtual roundtable March 25 on using additive manufacturing to fight COVID-19; the company's 3D printing, with 1 μm resolution over cm-sized volumes, can make microfluidic chips and other essentials to fight COVID-19 -- https://www.laserfocusworld.com/lasers-sources/article/14170376/nanofabrica-hosting-roundtable-325-on-using-additive-manufacturing-to-fight-covid19

Due to the increasing prevalence of the new Coronavirus, the LASYS laser material processing trade fair organized by Mes...
03/19/2020
LASYS laser material processing trade fair is postponed until 2022

Due to the increasing prevalence of the new Coronavirus, the LASYS laser material processing trade fair organized by Messe Stuttgart will now take place June 21-23, 2022.

Due to the increasing prevalence of the new Coronavirus, the LASYS trade fair will take place June 21-23, 2022.

As we are all feeling the impact of in-person social distancing to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus, we wanted to ...
03/18/2020
Living with the virus

As we are all feeling the impact of in-person social distancing to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus, we wanted to reach out to you to let you know you can count on us to continue providing industry updates and key information you need to continue to do your job.

Who would have thought my 50th year in industrial laser material processing would get topped by bigger news, especially a bug from Wuhan!

Drastically reducing the drilling time per hole for laser-based processes was the outcome of the LaBoKomp project at Las...
03/12/2020
System enables efficient laser drilling of rivet holes in CFRP

Drastically reducing the drilling time per hole for laser-based processes was the outcome of the LaBoKomp project at Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. With a drilling time of less than 10 seconds per hole, the new method is now on par with conventional ones.

With a drilling time of less than 10 seconds per hole, the new laser method is now on par with conventional ones.

Prima Power Laserdyne has relocated and expanded its manufacturing and operations center in Brooklyn Park, MN. The new f...
03/10/2020
Prima Power Laserdyne moves to expanded new facilities

Prima Power Laserdyne has relocated and expanded its manufacturing and operations center in Brooklyn Park, MN. The new facility includes all manufacturing, research, office, customer demonstration, service, and user training space.

The company's LASERDYNE and Prima Additive DED additive manufacturing machines will be manufactured in the new facility.

3D printing supplier CRP Group, an integrator of rapid prototyping and 3D printing processes, is supporting Energica Mot...
03/09/2020
Laser sintering technology yields flame-retardant battery pack prototypes

3D printing supplier CRP Group, an integrator of rapid prototyping and 3D printing processes, is supporting Energica Motor USA, the first Italian manufacturer of supersport electric motorcycles, in developing and manufacturing battery cell pouch frames.

The battery cell frames are manufactured using laser sintering technology, and then tested on battery pack prototypes both for the racing and production.

2020 will mark Industrial Laser Solutions' editor in chief David Belforte's 50th year in the exciting field of industria...
12/30/2019
That was then, this is now

2020 will mark Industrial Laser Solutions' editor in chief David Belforte's 50th year in the exciting field of industrial laser material processing technology.

2020 will mark Industrial Laser Solutions' editor in chief David Belforte's 50th year in this exciting technology.

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