Laser Additive Manufacturing

By Christian Hinke

Digital photonic production enables us to fabricate almost any component or product directly from digital data. Experts characterize the photon or the laser as the only tool that “works” as quickly as a computer “thinks.” An office laser printer functions according to this principle and reveals what will be possible in future manufacturing with high energy lasers – when the fundamental interactions between material, light and photonic process chains have been understood and, based on this knowledge, digital photonic production systems have been put into practice. [click to continue…]

By Geoff Giordano

With the US government running a full-court press to foster manufacturing innovation, the Laser Institute of America made the case for laser-based advanced manufacturing processes during a special presentation in the nation’s capital.

LIA representatives advocating laser-driven manufacturing joined four other subcommittees discussing the growing usage of lasers in health, defense, energy and communications during a daylong National Academies event Feb. 28. While the work of these five subcommittees was triggered by the National Research Council’s updated report Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation, LIA’s efforts answer key goals of the Obama administration’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

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