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Weekly Lasers Wrap Up – Week of November 28, 2016

  • December 2nd, 2016

The Laser Institute of America Weekly Wrap-Up aggregates industry news, conference updates, and LIA happenings. Here is the latest:
Laser Industry News
The Board of Laser Safety (BLS) released a new website, designed to create a user-friendly platform for laser safety officers to stay up-to-date with laser safety and certification news. The new site includes an easy-to-read news feed, a powerful cloud-based server, and an intuitive, responsive design, providing the best user experience for laser safety officers. The BLS website will continue to provide information on two certifications- Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO) and Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer (CMLSO). […]

Using Direct Metal Sintering to Fight Bacteria in Implants

  • November 30th, 2016

Could adding antibacterial agents to the additive manufacturing process lead to safer medical implants?
Direct Metal Sintering is used to create titanium implants for dental and orthopedic use. 3D modeling allows manufacturers to determine the porosity and surface roughness of the implant for medical use. Titanium and titanium alloys are preferred in the medical field due to their biocompatibility and other properties that cause minimal disruptions within the body.

However, the rough surfaces can often lead to breeding grounds for bacteria, and by extension, biofilm in the implants. This can lead to infection or unwanted cell adhesion. These infections can cause […]

Board of Laser Safety (BLS) Announces Launch of New Website

  • November 29th, 2016

The Board of Laser Safety (BLS) is excited to announce the launch of its new website at

The new website provides a user-friendly platform for both medical and non-medical laser safety officers to stay up-to-date with the latest laser safety and certification news. This reflects the mission of the BLS, which is to “provide a means for improvement in the practice of laser safety by providing opportunities for the education, assessment, and recognition of laser safety professionals.”

The new website offers many convenient features, including:

Easy-to-read news feed that allows for timely releases of critical laser safety information.
Powerful cloud-based […]

Meet 3 of 2016’s Selective Laser Melting Innovators

  • November 22nd, 2016

Selective Laser Melting is an increasingly important segment of additive manufacturing.
Considered by many to be the first major manufacturing revolution of the 21st Century, additive manufacturing continues to disrupt tradition and introduces new ways to shape our world. The following are a few of this year’s biggest innovators in the realm of selective laser melting:

IPG Photonics
Recently ranked on Forbes Fast Tech Top 25, IPG Photonics is making waves with their High Power CW Fiber Lasers for Selective Laser Melting and Laser Metal Deposition applications.

They use High Power CW Fiber Lasers to develop “fully dense metallic parts with improved mechanical properties.” With […]

Weekly Lasers Wrap Up – Week of November 14, 2016

  • November 18th, 2016

The Laser Institute of America Weekly Wrap-Up aggregates industry news, conference updates, and LIA happenings. Here is the latest:

LIA News

November’s Featured Corporate member is Alio Industries, Inc. Alio Industries has developed a reputation through the years for its “innovative designs” and production of precision motor systems. Learn more about this Colorado-based company, and their contributions to the industry here.

Laser Industry News

GE has been a household name for decades. However, in the last year, GE has reinvented itself, increasingly merging with the world of open-source, industrial design, through manufacturing. Take a look at what GE has recently worked on […]

GE Puts Imagination to Work With Laser Additive Manufacturing

  • November 17th, 2016

Last year, GE reinvented itself as the world’s foremost Digital Industrial Company. Its primary mission? To merge the world of open-source, industrial design with proven manufacturing technology.

With the help of lasers and 3D printing, GE is helping define the future of global commerce and product innovation. Here are a few ways they’re putting additive manufacturing imagination to work:

Center for Additive Technology Advancement: In early 2016, GE opened a 125,000-square foot Center for Additive Technology Advancement near Pittsburgh, PA. Here, GE engineers experiment with new ways to print industrial components through high-powered lasers.

Stake in Concept Laser GmbH: Concept Laser is a leading global supplier of additive manufacturing equipment. Recently, they reached […]

ALIO Industries, Inc. – November’s Featured Corporate Member

  • November 15th, 2016

A pacesetter in the industry, ALIO Industries, Inc. is known for its innovative designs and successful production of precision motion systems. With over 300 standard products and numerous custom OEM designs, ALIO Industries repeatedly meets and exceeds the current application needs for precision, high performance and reliable motion.

Founded in 2001 by current owner Bill Hennessey, ALIO Industries is dedicated to building the most precise motion systems with unparalleled performance and reliability. The expert team at the Colorado-based company has created numerous products and product lines that prove integral to the industry.

Since its inception, ALIO Industries has designed and built […]

Weekly Lasers Wrap-Up: Week of 11/7/2016

  • November 11th, 2016

The Laser Institute of America Weekly Wrap-Up aggregates industry news, conference updates, and LIA happenings. Here is the latest:

Conference News

Did you miss out on ICALEO® this year? Lasers Today posted a wrap-up of the event this week, taking a closer look at the sessions, presentations, and awards presented throughout. Official 2016 ICALEO®  proceedings are now available in the LIA Store.  For more about ICALEO®  2016, find the official wrap-up press release here.

LIA Updates

While some may prefer learning in a traditional classroom, many LSOs benefit from online training. For those of you considering online instruction, LIA has provided a […]

Unparalleled Laser Innovations Mark the 35th Edition of ICALEO

  • November 8th, 2016

Laser Institute of America’s annual meeting of academia and industry highlighted new developments in laser technology and provided a platform for global networking


ORLANDO, FL, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 — Over 400 attendees from 20 countries gathered from October 16-20, 2016 at the Sheraton® San Diego in San Diego, CA, for the 2016 Laser Institute of America’s International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®).

Gathering a highly engaged group of field veterans, new registrants and students, this year’s ICALEO featured more than 200 presentations, 59 peer-reviewed talks, comprehensive biophotonics coverage, and the introduction of the new ICALEO mobile […]

Beam Delivery: M2, BPP, Spot Size & Why You Should Care

  • November 8th, 2016

By Michael Scaggs

A lasers spot size and therefore resulting M2 or beam parameter product can be a very difficult and confusing parameter to quantify.  The techniques to measure vary and often add to the difficulty and confusion.  At present there is only one standard that defines the approach to measure a laser’s M2 value and is the International Standards Organization (ISO) 11146-1 (2005) publication1, “Lasers and laser-related equipment – Test methods for laser beam widths, divergence angles and beam propagation ratios.”  This presentation will go over the basics of this document and how to apply it with the various […]

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