The Laser Institute of America (LIA) will hold its inaugural Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME) on September 27th and 28th in Chicago.

In order to help U.S. manufacturers to modernize and upgrade their technology and be competitive in the global economy, the Event is designed to fill a gap by providing designers and manufacturers everything they need to understand lasers and laser systems and how to employ them effectively and profitably.

The Event provides basic training on lasers and systems, courses on laser processes including welding and laser additive manufacturing, videos on laser processing and examples of parts made by lasers.

The world’s leading laser and system manufacturers such as IPG, TRUMPF and many others will exhibit at the event and will have laser manufactured parts on their booths, and experts there to explain the features to attendees. A special feature of the event will be 10, 15 and 20 minute presentations by exhibitors on the advantages of their technology in a theater directly on the show floor.

“This will be a focused, optimized Event for current and potential laser users in the manufacturing community,” said LIA’s Executive Director Peter Baker. “No longer will manufacturing technologists seeking laser knowledge and technology have to comb through a large, traditional machining show searching for laser manufacturing! At LME, 100% of the exhibitors will be laser and system manufacturers, 100% of the attendees will be manufacturing people who want to use and learn to use lasers and 100% of the educational content is customized to the needs of those attendees. LME will provide an optimum interaction between users and suppliers in a compact, focused Event.”

“LME will be the show for laser applications,” said LIA’s Marketing Director Jim Naugle. “If you want to learn what a laser can do, how much it costs, how to justify the purchase, this is the go-to source. We want the novice user and the experienced user to learn the practical applications made possible by lasers.” LIA’s intention is that the new Event “satisfies a need for exhibitors to have a laser application/manufacturing exhibit for lasers and related equipment only,” Naugle said. “And, it satisfies a need for attendees to learn how to make money with lasers.”

A core feature of all LIA exhibits will continue with an emphasis on complementary expertise available online via its laser insights webpage (www.laserinstitute.org/laserinsights). Those who access the page can quickly learn about the latest trends in laser-based additive manufacturing, arc welding, machining, surface texturing, diagnostics and other areas in which lasers play a significant role.

LIA believes that this event will provide the optimum atmosphere designed to enhance attendees’ interaction with laser manufacturing experts.

To learn about the educational offerings, understand key benefits of exhibiting and preview what major companies have commited, visit www.laserevent.org or call 1.800.34.LASER.

One show, one voice, one mission — understanding laser technology. Don’t be left out!