6 October 2010

Advanced Micro-Manufacturing with Lasers

  • Sector: micro:nano group
  • Location: Technium OpTIC, St Asaph Business Park, North Wales
  • Attendees: All welcome





Advanced Micro-Manufacturing with Lasers

Download an Event Flyer here

About this workshop

Laser Technology is key to the manufacture of many high precision components that contain micro and nano-features. It provides the flexibility and accuracy required to manufacture the products of tomorrow. Laser applications such as cutting, welding, micro-machining, etching, scribing and surface texturing all have commercial applications. Rapid developments in laser materials processing are continually yielding new applications and processes. The user industries are just as diverse: from general engineering through solar, electronics and semiconductor to medical – all benefit from the power of the laser.
Ongoing miniaturisation continues to push manufacturing technology to its limits, and continued developments of lasers and materials processing applications is providing the means to produce ever smaller increasingly accurate and more cost effective micro and nano-features. Staying abreast of these developments is key maintaining a competitive edge.
This annual workshop provides an opportunity for industrial users of laser processing, laser equipment suppliers and researchers to share the latest innovations with the delegates.

Jack Gabzdyl Chair of the AILU Micro:Nano Special Interest Group

Dr Jack Gabzdyl is the Product Line Manager at SPI Lasers for ns pulsed fiber lasers and has over 20 years of laser materials processing experience. He obtained his PhD in laser processing from Imperial College London in 1989. He has since had a number of technical and marketing positions at BOC Gases, Advanced Laser Solutions and TWI before joining SPI in 2007.

Who should attend?

This annual event provides an opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments is laser micro-manufacturing. Whether as an expert or novice, an engineer, research scientist or a manufacturing manager, it presents valuable learning opportunities. The close, informal mix of industrialists, researchers and suppliers provides every opportunity for delegates to meet presenters, to network and to discuss current, generating new ideas and valuable contacts. The broad scope of the event offers something for everybody and the chance to address a broad range of applications and end user industries.


9:00 - 9:15 Welcome and Introduction
Jack Gabzdyl 
Chair, SPI Lasers

9:15 – 10:15 Session one


Micro machining and the mega trend "energy": Applications in PV, engines and lightweight structures
Oliver Haupt Laser Zentrum Hannover

Laser micromachining for 3rd generation solar energy: a key enabler
Mikael Khan   Dyesol

10:15 -10:45 Refreshment break

10:45 – 12:25 Session two

Formation of Micro Components using a MOPA based Yb Fiber Laser
Kun Li University of Cambridge

Laser machining of polymers for medical devices
David Gillen   Blueacre Technology

Pulse duration effects on surface integrity and structuring capabilities
Petko Petkov   Cardiff University

The new Electronic, Sensors and Photonic KTN Experience
Paul Smith   ESP KTN

12:25 – 13:05 Tour of Laser Micromachining Ltd (see below for details)

13:05 – 14:05 Lunch break and EXHIBITION

14:05 – 15:05 Session three

Automated balance using micro laser ablation
Marek Mamczur    Dynamic Laser Solutions

Laser manufacturing applications - a system integrator's perspective
Rod Andrew   Optec

Transitioning laser micromachining into large scale production
Mike Osborne   Optek Systems Ltd

Discussion and wrap-up 
Jack Gabzdyl   Chair

15:25 Refreshments and departure


of Laser Micromachining Ltd

The workshop includes a lunchtime tour of Laser Micromachining Ltd, and after the workshop a tour of the Technium can be arranged.

Laser Micromachining Ltd, based in the Technium, provides contract manufacturing services to companies in the micro, nano and precision engineering sectors, using laser tools operating from the untraviolet through to the far infrared. LML offers the widest range of precision laser micromachining tools in the UK within it’s state-of-the-art facilities. Demonstrations will be provided of a range of laser machining processes in excimer, DPSS and a fibre laser tools.

Technium OpTIC (Opto-electronics Technology and Incubation Centre) at St Asaph is a specialist innovation centre. It supports young science and technology businesses involved in the development of optical and electronic technologies.


 The workshop will be held in the main lecture theatre of the Technium OpTIC, Ffordd William Morgan, St Asaph Business Park, St Asaph, Denbighshire LL17 0JD.  tel:+44 (0)1745 535100


Hotels in area include (see map here for locations):

Talardy Hotel, The Roe, St Asaph, North Wales LL17 0HY, Tel: 01745 584954, or book online at

Premier Inn, Castle View Retail Park, Marsh Road, Rhuddan, North Wales LL18 5UA, Tel: 0871 527 8932, or book online at

Oriel House Hotel, Upper Denbigh Road, St Asaph, Debingshire LL17 0LW, Tel: 01745 582 716 or book online at

Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, North Wales, LL18 5YA, Tel: 01745 585 088, or book online at (NB this hotel generally has a two night minimum stay period).


There is ample free parking in front of the Technium OpTIC building. Delegates should enter through the main entrance from where they will see signs for the workshop.

At the registration desk you will receive a delegate pack containing a name badge and essential notes for the day, including a detailed programme and a delegate list. The pack will also include a name and password for downloading PDFs of the presentations, which will be made available on the AILU web site as soon as possible after the event.

A buffet lunch (including vegetarian options) will be provided together with refreshments throughout the day. Please advise us of any special dietary needs.


The exhibition, together with the lunch and refreshment breaks, will take place in an area adjacent to the lecture theatre.

On arrival, park in the free car park in front of the building. Access to the exhibition area for set-up is available from 12:00-17:00 on 5 October or from 07:30 on the day. Loading and unloading of large items can also be made via a side entrance by request on the day. Tables will be provided but you should bring your own back boards. There are only limited mains electrical points in the exhibition area.


To register for the event, AILU members and members of the Micro:Nano Special Interest Group need only give their name by phone (+44 (0)1235 539595) or email ( Non-members should compete and return the registration form in the event flyer (download here) to the AILU office by fax (+44 (0)1235 550499) or mail (AILU Events, Oxford House, 100 Ock Street, Abingdon OX14 5DH)

AILU members and members of supporting organisations for this event receive a registration discount. Delegates who pay the full price and who decide to join the Association within 10 weeks of the event will receive this discount on their first year’s corporate membership subscription. For further information on membership go to and look for the link to ‘about us’.


AILU staff will be available throughout the day to arrange informal introductions with appropriate experts at the workshop, for discussions on any technical or business matters that delegates would like to raise.


By Car - post code LL17 0JD
From the West

  • From the A55, exit at junction 26 to St Asaph Business Park (Parc Busnes Llanelwyf) At the first roundabout, c 400m take the 3rd exit.
  • Technium OpTIC (LL17 0JD) is on your left.

From the East / England

  • From M53 or M56 join the A55
  • Exit the A55 at junction 26 to St Asaph Business Park (Parc Busnes Llanelwy)
  • At the first roundabout c 400m take the 3rd exit.
  • Technium OpTIC (LL17 0JD) is on you left.

From the South

  • From the Midlands and South Wales, continue on the A5.
  • At the Llangollen A5 turn, continue on the A483 (Wrexham) until A55 (Conwy).
  • Exit the A55 at junction 26 to St Asaph Business Park (Parc Busnes Llanelwy)
  • At the first roundabout c 400m take the 3rd exit.
  • Technium OpTIC (LL17 0JD) is on you left.

Car Parking
Visitor car parking is available in front of the building.

By Rail
From Rhyl Railway Station, take a taxi from outside to the office. Journey time is approximately 10 minutes.

By Air
From Manchester International Airport, Technium OpTIC is approximately 1 hours
drive away.
From Liverpool John Lennon International Airport, Technium OpTIC is approximately 1 hours drive away.

Registration Fees

* AILU and supporting organisation members: GBP 142 plus VAT

* Non members: GBP 175 plus VAT

* Concessions: GBP 75 incl VAT (retired, unemployed); GBP 50 incl VAT (full time students)

* Exhibitor (AILU and supporting orgiansation member): GBP 135 plus VAT

* Exhibitor (non-member): GBP 175 plus VAT

* Exhibitor/delegate discount: GBP 50 plus VAT

  • Fee includes a delegate pack.
  • Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.
  • To book (we will invoice, send no money) e-mail:
  • For more information please contact us.

Help for Presentors

Help for presenters to upload a presentation prior to the meeting

AILU reserves the right to alter the programme or cancel the meeting at short notice and accepts no responsibility for the views expressed by the speakers or delegates.

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