By Geoff Giordano
A quick glance at the laser-industry headlines on any given day is sure to provide a mention of at least one development in the realm of laser additive manufacturing.
Consider these news items at the beginning of this year alone: Concept Laser launched a LAM research and development center in Germany, while in the US, Mitsubishi and Matsuura unveiled the LUMEX Avance-25 metal laser sintering hybrid milling machine, previously sold only in Japan and Asia. And in a Jan. 14 blog post, the Harvard Business Review asked “Will 3D Printing Cause Traditional Manufacturing to Collapse?”
Where will developments like these lead? What might they mean to increasing the efficiency — and profitability — of manufacturing in the United States and around the world?
That’s where the Laser Institute of America’s sixth annual Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM®) Workshop comes in. LAM 2014, to be held Mar. 12-13 at the Hilton® Houston North in the energy-generation center of Houston, TX, once again will convene top-tier industry experts to discuss the latest advances in powder-bed and powder-fed applications; digital manufacturing for aviation, health care, energy and other industries; and real success stories from job shops that have adopted the so-called “disruptive” technology. [click to continue…]
LIA’s 2014 President Yongfeng Lu graduated from Tsinghua University of Beijing, China, in 1984 with a degree in electrical engineering. Dr. Lu went on to receive his M.Sc. from Osaka University, Japan, in 1988 and his Ph.D. from the same university in 1991. Dr. Lu’s research expertise lies in laser-based micro/nanoscale materials processing and characterization, which lead him to the development of various laser-based material processing technologies and their subsequent implementation in commercial markets. After earning his degrees, Dr. Lu spent several years in Singapore, where he served as faculty at the National University of Singapore and was able to establish an active group in laser microprocessing.
In 2002, Dr. Lu joined the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Department of Electrical Engineering, where he created the Laser-Assisted Nano Engineering (LANE) research group and continued his investigation of laser-based material synthesis, micro and nano-fabrication, and diagnostics. These efforts have earned him attention in a number of journals, including Advanced Materials, Light: Science and Applications, Carbons and Applied Physics Letters, as well as over 15 million dollars’ worth of grants from NSF, DoD, DOE and many other organizations. Throughout his years of educational experience, Dr. Lu has mentored 23 Ph.D. students and over 30 M.Sc. and M.Eng. students. He was also given the honor of Lott University Professor in 2010. In the laser industry at large, Dr. Lu served as general chair for ICALEO® in 2007 and 2008, and has been elected as a Fellow by LIA, SPIE and OSA. He is an active contributor to and a member of the international laser, applied optics, material science and engineer communities, and hopes to further LIA’s influence in these areas. [click to continue…]