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3D Printing of Net Shape Geometries by Laser Metal Deposition

  • August 25th, 2016

By Carl Hauser 

An additive manufacturing method developed by TWI within the framework of an EU-funded project could drastically reduce component manufacturing times.

TWI engineers have been using laser metal deposition (LMD) to produce net shape thin-walled engine casings, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of civil aerospace manufacturing.

In LMD, a weld track is formed using metal powder as a filler material which is fed, through a coaxial nozzle, to a melt pool created by a focused high-power laser beam. An inert gas carrier transports and focuses the powder into a small area in the vicinity of the laser beam focus […]

Staying Competitive in a High-Tech Market: 4 Industrial Manufacturing Professionals Mastering Lasers at the Inaugural Industrial Laser Conference

  • August 24th, 2016

On September 13, 2016, Laser Institute of America (LIA) will host the inaugural Industrial Laser Conference at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Now is the perfect time to discover the possibilities of incorporating lasers into your shop’s manufacturing processes.
Calling all Production Managers, Automation Engineers, Directors of Manufacturing, and Technicians! The present and future of industrial manufacturing is all about innovation and disruption. If you’re attending the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at McCormick Place in mid-September, or can invest in your future by traveling to Chicago, you won’t want to miss learning how to incorporate lasers into […]

Low-Cost Robotic AM for Large-Scale Parts

  • August 24th, 2016

By Raymond Walker & Bryant Walker

Expanding directed-energy additive manufacturing into very large parts based on a low-cost platform has been a thrust of Keystone Synergistic Enterprises, Inc. for the past decade. Keystone has successfully produced directed-energy additive manufacturing (AM) parts using a robotic pulsed arc platform enhanced by a suite of integrated process controls that provides a level of uniformity needed for a qualified additive manufacturing capability. To expand beyond laser powder, laser wire feed and electron beam (EB) wire feed AM processes, Keystone has established a very low-cost AM capability using the robotic arc-based process capable of making […]

LME & Summit 2016 Featured Global Opportunities & Emerging Applications for Laser Manufacturing Processes

  • August 22nd, 2016

By Jessica Dawkins

Advanced laser applications in automotive manufacturing, critical updates in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, prototyping and the foremost economic and safety concerns for today’s laser professionals were just some of the topics center stage at LIA’s fifth Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®) and Summit, held from April 25-27, 2016 at the Renaissance® Atlanta Waverly Hotel and the adjacent Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

This year’s LME attendees were provided with more free educational opportunities than ever before, including key insight to benefit laser professionals of all skill levels and varied specializations. Continuing the annual tradition of equipping event […]

Lasers Today Weekly Wrap-Up – Week of August 15, 2016

  • August 19th, 2016

LIA’s Weekly Wrap Up recaps everything you might of missed this week on the LIA blog, Lasers Today, and LIA’s social media channels.
The biggest updates, developments, and announcements pertaining to laser applications and safety are here. Catch up on what you may have missed this week: 

The Top 5 Reasons Laser Professionals are LIA Members

There is no shortage of reasons why a laser professional enjoys being an LIA member. However, we

narrowed it down to five key reasons. Discover the post recently featured by LaserVision UK, and explore the benefits of LIA membership that you may not be aware of, such as discounts, […]

Discover Chicago! Make the Most of the Industrial Laser Conference and the International Manufacturing Technology Show

  • August 18th, 2016

LIA’s first-ever Industrial Laser Conference takes place September 13, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois at the International Manufacturing Technology Show – and we want you to make the most out of your trip!
Before heading out to the conference, review our complete guide to points of interest, events, and locations worth checking out in The Windy City – and prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime!

The inaugural year of LIA’s Industrial Laser Conference is a can’t-miss event, as it will set the standard for subsequent conferences in the years to come! The exciting part? You, laser professional, will have a […]

The Top Five Reasons Why Laser Professionals are LIA Members

  • August 17th, 2016

Laser Institute of America offers myriad opportunities for laser professionals to expand their education, professional network, and develop their laser careers.

Did you know that becoming an LIA member increases these opportunities exponentially?

Here are just five of the many reasons why laser professionals enjoy the benefits of LIA membership. If you are already a member, this blog will help you uncover how to get the most out of your LIA membership now and in the future.

1. LIA Members Receive Unprecedented Access to Industry Publications and Sources

Stay on top of the latest in lasers! LIA members receive a complimentary subscription to […]

Weekly Wrap-Up – Week of August 8, 2016

  • August 12th, 2016

What’s New in Lasers this Week? LIA’s Weekly Wrap Up brings you a condensed version of laser industry news, conference updates, and educational information found on Lasers Today, LIA Blog, and LIA’s social media channels.
Catch Up! Let’s get started with the latest in Laser Industry News:

What if you could own a device that would remind you to complete a task, should you interrupt your daily routine? Enter Watchbot: A laser-wielding robot made of surprisingly rudimentary materials that keeps routines in check by analysing patterns. Once the pattern is learned by Watchbot, it identifies disruptions in the pattern and highlights […]

AdlOptica GmbH – August’s Featured Corporate Member

  • August 12th, 2016

Known for its versatile refractive laser beam shaping optics, AdlOptica GmbH provides technology that aids both industrial and scientific techniques. With a small team of experts that make up the company’s singular location in Berlin, Germany, AdlOptica GmbH’s reach extends globally, providing refractive beam shapers and special optics for a wide range of industries.

Named after Adlershof, Germany’s premier science and technology park, AdlOptica GmbH was founded in 2010 by its current owners, Vadim Laskin and Dr. Alexander Laskin. With the main goal of developing, manufacturing and promoting the company’s refractive beam shaping optics, the company has grown over the […]

Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing a Solid Choice for 3D Metal Printing

  • August 11th, 2016

By Mark Norfolk

3D printing of metal is almost exclusively reliant on fusion based welding processes.  Whether talking about laser powder bed, laser blown powder, or old-school technology like gas metal arc welding, metal is deposited by first melting and then re-solidifying a metal feedstock.  Through melting and subsequent solidification, we find most of the challenges of today’s 3D printing:

Residual stress caused by thermal gradients
Expensive and time consuming environmental controls
Variable mechanical properties derived from different grain structures
Porosity and liquidation cracking lowering mechanical performance

Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) is a 3D printing process that relies on a solid […]

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