23 November 2017

Laser Manufacturing of Lightweight Structures

  • Sector: Applications
  • Location: Warwick University
  • Attendees: All welcome


23rd NOVEMBER 2017




Introduction from the Workshop Chair

Jon Blackburn (TWI)

'Light-weighting' is a topic of increasing focus in the automotive and aerospace sectors, as manufacturers seek to reduce the weight of structures to:

  • Adhere to new emissions targets set by Government policy
  • Reduce cost of ownership for end-users, through improved fuel economy
  • Meet the growing ‘green agenda’ expectations of the public

The adoption of new materials with higher specific strength (e.g. carbon-fibre reinforced plastics, metal-matrix composites, high strength steel, and aluminium/titanium/magnesium based alloys) is the principal approach to reduce the weight of structures. Additive Manufacturing (AM) also has the potential to be used for light-weighting, by producing structures with novel load paths not possible with conventional techniques. However, the integration of these new materials into structures is not necessarily straightforward, as there are challenges relating to the cutting, forming and joining of these materials. Furthermore, the adoption of new materials and/or processing techniques (such as AM) needs to be achieved at low-cost, if they are to be widely adopted and have broad impact.

Laser technology has been adopted by the automotive and aerospace sectors, principally for its ability to perform high quality processing at high speed, and at low relative cost. In recent years several advancements have been made in laser technology which have the potential to support many of the processing and material challenges faced when light-weighting structures.
This workshop will include presentations from equipment-providers, end-users, and academic and industrial researchers in the light-weighting field. This will create a forum so that you will hear and see how the latest developments in laser technology and academic and industrial research are supporting the light-weighting agenda, and how these could be applied to other industry sectors. 



The University advises that you arrive as close to the start of registration as possible (registration begins at 08:30) because parking is in high demand on the campus.

Parking on campus is Pay and Display (COINS ONLY and no change given) and is charged at £2.20 for half a day and £4.50 for a full day.

Please see here for a campus map showing Pay & Display car parks.

P&D parking is available in car park 7 (by the Arts Centre), 8 and 8A (by the Sports Centre), 9 and 10a/b (by Physics) and 15 (behind WMG).

If you have problems on the day, the car parking team can be contacted on the following numbers (open 08:00 – 16:30) to advise on where there is capacity
024765 22206
024765 22209



08:30 Registration

09:15 Introduction

09:25 - 10:45 Session 1

Laser joining developments for light-weighting
Sullivan Smith, TWI 

Fiber laser joining next generation alloys and dissimilar materials for automotive body-in-white and powertrain applications
Mark Thompson, IPG

Lightweight design software for Additive Manufacturing
Richard Proctor, Materialise

IR, Green and UV Lasers enhance manufacture of lightweight and composite materials used in automotive
DeChang Dai, Andritz PowerLase

10:45 Refreshments 

11:15 - 12:45 Session 2

Remote laser welding of Al alloys
Darek Ceglarek & Pasquale Franciosa, University of Warwick

Plastic laser welding for car door panels
Sergio Saludes Rodil, CARTIF, Spain

Laser joining of titanium
Bryan Humphreys, CAVAT

ATI’s technology strategy for UK aerospace
Edward Andrews, ATI

Roadmapping the future. Understanding low carbon technology trends.
Jon Beasley, APC

Opportunities and support for enhancing innovation
Louise Jones, KTN

12:45- 13:45 Lunch 

13:45 - 15:05 Session 3

Use of lasers for joining plastics and thermoplastic composites
Ian Jones, Laserweld Plastics

Laser processing tools and sensor technology for lightweighting applications
Markus Kogel-Hollacher, Precitec, Germany 

Dissimilar materials joining using non-laser techniques
Andre Oliveira, NSIRC

Q & A Session

15:05-15:30 Refreshments

15:30-16:15 Tour

16:15 Departure


International Digital Laboratory (IDL)
University of Warwick

See here for a campus map

Parking on campus is Pay and Display (COINS ONLY and no change given) and is charged at £2.20 for half a day and £4.50 for a full day.




Prices below exclude VAT @ 20%

  AILU member  Non-member  Students
Delegate only £160 £195 £45
Exhibitor only £155 £195 -
Delegate and Exhibitor* £265 £340 -

 * Includes £50 discount from combined delegate + exhibitor cost

For online registration click here

Fee includes a delegate pack, access to PDFs of key slides, lunch and refreshments. Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.

Information for Exhibitors

  • Set up:
    either the afternoon of Wednesday 22 November (please note the building shuts at 17:00, NB there is nowhere to store valuable items). or the morning of the meeting; the building will open at 08:00 on Thursday 23rd November.
  • The nearest drop off point to IDL for heavy items is via the International Manufacturing Centre (IMC) concourse which has a maximum stay of 15 mins (see map). At the IMC there is a small car park directly next to the building (on the same side of the road to the right of the building) with a boom gate for entrance and you speak to reception to request access. After unloading you will need to move your vehicle to a car park (shown on the map).
  • A 6ft trestle table provided – please bring your own table cloth.

  • There is space behind the table for one pull-up banner (800mm width) and the stand will come with a chair.

  • Power will be available (standard socket for laptop etc) – please bring your own power cable.

  • Break-down will follow the final refreshment break at 15:40


For more information please email or telephone the AILU office (+44 (0)1235 539595).

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