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By Geoff Giordano

lam logoRecord attendance and spirited discussion from beginning to end marked the most successful Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM®) Workshop to date. LIA’s sixth annual LAM spotlighted a multitude of promising developments in AM research, materials and processes, and previewed progress on the horizon.

Organized into two educational tracks, showcasing powder-bed processes March 12 and powder-fed technology March 13, LAM 2014 brimmed with case studies and highlights from around the world. More than 200 attendees traveled to Houston from more than a dozen countries, drawn not only by a wide-ranging slate of presentations but also the opportunity to talk directly with suppliers of AM solutions. [click to continue…]

Two weeks ago today, the sixth-annual Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop opened in Houston with a riveting keynote by GE Aviation’s Todd Rockstroh. Setting an attendance record, LAM 2014 closed the following day with a lively Q&A session on the qualities and varieties of AM alloys for powder-bed and powder-fed applications.

lam logoIt’s always illuminating to go back to your notes a few days after an intensive conference and re-examine the “takeaways.” Several things stood out at LAM 2014: the increased presence of key industry players; the importance of data management to refine additive processes; the energetic efforts around the world to fund AM research and expand AM capabilities; and the work and personnel yet required to transform more exploratory concepts into established, repeatable — and commercially successful — parts and products.

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LIA Releases Revised ANSI Z136.1 Standard to Promote Safer Facilities

March 18, 2014

Updated for the first time in the last seven years, the new American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers will be available through the Laser Institute of America, secretariat of the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z136, which develops the laser safety standards. The ANSI Z136.1 standard guides the safe use of lasers and laser […]

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LASER U – Practical Online Training for All Laser Users

March 14, 2014

Raising the bar yet again with its online course offerings, the Laser Institute of America has developed Laser U — an easy way for laser professionals of all levels of experience to access the best presentations from LIA’s industry-leading conferences and workshops. Based on cutting-edge sessions from the Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®), Laser Additive Manufacturing(LAM®) Workshop, […]

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LAM 2014 to Present the Latest Advances in Manufacturing Efficiency & Profitability

February 10, 2014

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 […]

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Meet LIA’s New President & Board of Directors

February 10, 2014

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, […]

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Newly Revised ANSI Z136.1: A Vital Standard for Laser Safety Success

February 3, 2014

By Geoff Giordano New maximum permissible exposure limits (MPEs), new definitions and newly rewritten sections are among the main highlights of the just-revised parent standard for laser safety, the ANSI Z136.1-2014. Updated for the first time in the last seven years, the new American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers will be available through […]

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ICALEO 2013 Offers Up Achievable New Horizons for the Laser Industry

January 9, 2014

By Geoff Giordano Much like the laser-assisted femto photography that has allowed MIT researchers to see around corners, the 32nd International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) illuminated photonic research in everything from routine processing to more arcane applications like laser-assisted generation of human cells. And, as did plenary speaker Boris Chichkov with […]

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Ensure a Laser-Safe Environment with LIA’s Web-Based EVALUATOR

December 12, 2013

ORLANDO, FL, Dec. 12, 2013 — Are you an overworked Laser Safety Officer (LSO) in a high-pressure commercial or research facility? Need to make vital hazard-analysis calculations on the fly? Look no further than The EVALUATOR — the Laser Institute of America’s industry-first web-based system that helps you quickly and easily ensure a laser-safe environment. Since […]

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Peter Baker: 25 Years Keeping LIA at the Forefront of Laser Safety & Applications

December 11, 2013

By Geoff Giordano When a roomful of past presidents, board members and faithful staffers gathered at Miami’s Hyatt® Regency recently to honor Peter Baker’s 25th year as executive director of the Laser Institute of America, the genuine respect and admiration for his visionary and resolute leadership was palpable. The reception, held during the 32nd annual […]

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