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. 



Details to follow



International Digital Laboratory (IDL)
University of Warwick
CV4 7AL​




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.

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

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