13 September 2011

Ultra precision laser manufacturing systems, technologies and applications

  • Sector: Precision Laser Manufacturing
  • Location: Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University West Site
  • Attendees: All welcome





Ultra precision laser manufacturing systems, technologies and applications


About this workshop
Dramatic advances in photonics technology mean that today's industrial laser systems offer unparalleled capabilities in precision manufacturing and advanced materials processing at the micro and nano scale, thereby providing the flexibility and accuracy required to manufacture the products of tomorrow. Moreover, laser materials processing is a key technology for the mass-production of many components ranging from photovoltaic cells and panels, inkjet print heads and flat panel displays, to MEMS components and circuit fabrication and rapid developments in laser materials processing are continually yielding new applications and processes. User industries from general engineering through to solar, electronics, semiconductor and medical – all benefit from the precision and 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 to maintaining a competitive edge.

This annual workshop seeks to bring together industrial users of laser processing technology, suppliers of laser-based equipment, researchers in new laser technology and industrialists to review the latest innovations in micro and nano-scale laser processing and the opportunities that they create. This year’s event is held for the first time at the Centre for Industrial Photonics at the Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University and includes a tour of the state-of-the-art work going on there.

Download a flyer (PDF 260kB)

Bill O'Neill  Workshop Chair

Bill O'Neill is a Reader in Laser Engineering within the Cambridge University Engineering Department and Director of the Centre of Industrial Photonics. His research interests cover a wide range of laser applications across the length scales, including laser based manufacturing technologies, and micro/nano fabrication techniques.

Who should attend?

One of the key features of an AILU workshop is the opportunity it provides for delegates to meet with the presenters and with one another: a comfortable environment, generous lunch and refreshment breaks, and a table top exhibition. This particular event provides an opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments in laser micro-manufacturing and to visit state-of-the-art facilities. Whether an expert or novice, an engineer, research scientist or a manufacturing manager, it presents a valuable learning and networking opportunity and a chance to generate new ideas and valuable contacts.  


Chair:  Bill O'Neill

09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 11:00 Presentations 1
Introduction to the Micro: Nano Special Interest Group
Jack Gabzdyl  SPI Limited, UK

Keynote presentation
Current and future manufacturing challenges for mobile devices
Chris Bower
  Nokia Research Centre, UK

Keynote presentation
Materials processing with ultra-short pulsed lasers

Stephan Geiger   Rofin-Baasel Lasertech GmbH, Germany

Advanced micro and nano-processing application of industrial ultra-fast lasers
Vincent Rouffiange  Amplitude Systemes, France

11:00 - 11:30 Refreshment break and EXHIBITION

11:30 - 13:00 Presentations 2
Keynote presentation
Laser systems and micro-machining applications in the electronics industry
Bob Hainsey  ESI, UK

Short pulsed laser micro-machining
Andrew Kearsley
  Oxford Lasers, UK

Application of 5-axis laser engraving system for functional texturing 3D surfaces
Rahul Kuchimanchi  Gravutex Eschmann International Ltd, UK

High precision production technologies for high quality 3D micro-parts
Jose Ramos  AIDO, Instituto Tecnológico de Óptica, Spain

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and EXHIBITION

14:00 – 15:20 Presentations 3
Fibre Laser processing of metallic and polymer substrates for cell control for medical implant and defence applications
Paul French   Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Sub-micron surface structuring for encoder manufacture by a laser melting process
Duncan Hand & Marcus Ardron  Heriot-Watt University, UK

Short pulse laser processing of surfaces and thin films - a game of speed and intensity
Ian Jones  TWI, UK

Laser interaction characteristics using 1ns Yb fibre lasers
Krste Pangovski
  IFM, Cambridge University, UK

15:20 - 15:30 Refreshment break

15:30 - 16:30 IFM laboratory tours

16:30 Close


Institute for Manufacturing, Alan Reece Building, 17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FS, UK.


Delegates and exhibitors should enter the Alan Reece building by the main entrance, from where the meeting room and exhibition area will be signposted. At the registration desk delegates will receive a 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. Tables and velcro compatible backboards will be provided, together with mains extension leads.

Access to the exhibition area for set-up is available from 07:30 on the day through the main entrance of the Alan Reece building. Loading and unloading of large items can be made via a side entrance.  More information can be found on the following pdf.


Full address: Institute for Manufacturing, Alan Reece Building,
17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FS

Air: London Stansted is the nearest international airport to Cambridge, located 30 miles to the South of the city, with easy access by train (direct rail link to Cambridge), coach, or car (M11).

Rail: The venue is a 10 minute taxi drive from Cambridge railway station.

Car: The closest motorway junction is Jn 13 of the M11. For full directions by road see the event page on the AILU web site.

There is free parking in the IfM car park adjacent to the Alan Reece building. Should it be full, please use the Madingly Road Park and Ride car park about 10 minutes walk away.
For more information please download pdf from here.

Further information can be found at


There is limited accommodation on University Campus. The nearest hotel (approximately 1 mile away) is the Premier Inn Cambridge North (Girton) or Telephone 0871 527 8188. Alternatively there is the Travelodge Cambridge Lolworth - A14 Westbound, Huntingdon Road, Lolworth, Cambridgeshire  CB23 8DR telephone 0871 984 6046.  There is also lots of Bed and Breakfast places available in Cambridge.


To register for the event please complete the registration form on the flyer or (NEW!) register online at Alternatively, members of AILU and/or the Micro:Nano Special Interest Group need only give their name by phone or email (T: 01235 539595; E:

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’.

Registration fees

AILU and supporting organisation members: GBP 155 plus VAT

  • Non members: GBP 195 plus VAT
  • Concessions: GBP 75 incl VAT (retired, unemployed); GBP 50 incl VAT (full time students)
  • Exhibitor (AILU and supporting organisation member): GBP 155 plus VAT
  • Exhibitor (non-member): GBP 195 plus VAT
  • The first delegate of any organisation that exhibits will receive a discount of 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.


The workshop will include a tour of the laser facilities at the Centre for Industrial Photonics. CIP is at the forefront in developing leading-edge technologies and transforming them into commercially viable processes for industry.

The tour will include a chance to see the new Supersonic Laser Deposition Laboratory, the Micro laser processing laboratory (including the digital holography facility for laser plasma diagnostics), the macro processing laser facility and the nano-manufacturing facility.

Help for presenters

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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