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Welcome to The Association of Industrial Laser Users

Helping you make the most of laser technology


AILU is run by and for the laser community. Its membership extends over five continents and is made up of laser users in industry and academia as well as by manufacturers and suppliers of lasers and laser-related equipment and services. Our corporate members include many leading players in the UK laser materials community.

Formed in 1995 as a not-for-profit organisation, the Association enjoys worldwide recognition for the practical advice it offers on technical and business matters related to laser applications in manufacturing. It is a leader in fostering co-operation and collaboration within the laser community, promoting best practice in industrial laser materials processing and allied technologies and supports the maintenance and improvement of standards for laser safety and performance. Find out more about us here.


The AILU magazine, published quarterly, is where industry meets academia. It contains AILU news and reviews, member press releases, current research articles of topical interest and much more (see here).

The monthly e-Newsletter features events, news, dates for your diary, situations vacant and other features (see here for more details, sign up in the box on the right).

Read 'The Laser User' Issue 79 (Winter 2016) here


AILU provides numerous ways to advertise to the laser community, from it's website to it's monthly e-newsletter and quarterly magazine. For further information see the Media Guide 2016 here.



Job Shop
A business and technology group for subcontract laser-based engineering companies and indeed all users of lasers for profit. Click here for a list of Job Shops.

Market Development  
For suppliers of laser-related products and services, to address common concerns and expand the use of laser in manufacturing.

Power Beam Processing*
Launched 22 September 2015. For all involved in laser or electron beam processing; complimentary processes sharing similar issues.

For engineers, scientists and equipment and service providers involved in the challenges of laser processing at the micro or nano level.

Products and Process Innovation (PPI)*
For reseachers involved in the development of laser-related technology and materials processing, to identify common needs and create the possibility of joint initiatives and activities with industrial laser users.

Additive Layer Manufacture*
For developers and end users of Additive Layer Manufacturing helping to develop the technology and provide networking opportunities and information about funding sources and competitions - in preparation

* FREE to join. Simply contact the AILU office through the online enquiry form.


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