SCANLAB reduces integration setups for laser micromachining

SCANLAB GmbH assures minimised integration efforts for its advanced micromachining solution, XL SCAN, through partnerships with integrators. Collaborating with expert integrators globally ensures customers quick, low risk and efficient integration […]

Prima Power’s newest 2D laser for cost-effective processing

Prima Power’s new Platino Linear, the latest addition to the Prima Power 2D laser product range, is designed to meet the production needs of manufacturers by providing a productive, easy-to-use, […]

Aerospace AM: TRUMPF and space travel company cooperate

TRUMPF and the European space-travel start-up The Exploration Company are cooperating on the construction of core components for spacecraft for missions in the earth’s orbit and to the moon.

TLM Laser & FOBA celebrate collaboration with Irish academia

TLM Laser, along with supplier partner FOBA, has collaborated with the Technological University of Shannon (TUS), Limerick to install a new M2000 laser marking system situated in their state-of-the-art workshop.

Luxinar unveils platform for industrial laser micromachining

Luxinar proudly unveils its latest innovation, the LXR® ultrashort pulse (USP) laser platform. This cutting-edge technology represents a significant leap forward in industrial laser processing, offering impressive performance, versatility, and […]

Mazak introduces new tube cutting CNC and CAD/CAM software

Yamazaki Mazak is bringing the FT-150 FIBER laser tube processing machine designed for high-speed cutting of small to medium diameter tubes, to Tube 2024. The machine will be controlled by […]

Fimark provides solution for electric piano backlit buttons

Rhodes Music, makers of the highest quality musical instruments, entrusted Fimark with a pivotal task – painting and laser etching the backlit buttons to be placed behind their keyboard ivories.

Major doctoral training investment for University of Sheffield & AMRC

Next-generation engineers will be trained in machining, assembly and digital engineering for manufacturing after funding was secured to create a new Centre for Doctoral Training, being run by lead experts […]

Laser Expertise celebrates its 40th anniversary

Who would have thought that a chance meeting in the queue for Genesis tickets back in 1974 would develop into a steadfast friendship and eventual business partnership as Anton Schwarz […]

Laser Mechanisms introduces new laser cutting head

Laser Mechanisms has recently introduced the FiberCUT® STa laser processing head, which collimates and focuses a fibre-delivered laser beam and directs it, along with cutting gas, through its nozzle for […]

Laser Lines to demonstrate cutting-edge laser and AM solutions

On its stands at MACH (NEC, 15th – 19th April) , Laser Lines will be showcasing a range of 3D printing technologies and there will be live demonstrations of laser […]

UK firm first to invest in automated AMADA 6 kW fibre welder

Recol Ltd, a provider of sheet metal fabrication, precision machined components and mechanical assemblies, has placed an order for a new AMADA FLW ENSISe 6 kW automated fibre laser welding […]

Simpson Technology provides successful solution to air quality company

Mansfield Pollard was founded over 155 years ago specialising in transforming the air management of working environments by controlling temperature, removing pollutants, or limiting noise.

NEO range and service focus drive strong laser sales for Mazak

The new NEO range of laser processing machines and a strong focus on customer service helped Yamazaki Mazak record its most successful ever year for laser sales in 2023.

Eagle Lasers celebrates 18 years of fibre laser innovation

Eagle Lasers celebrates its 18th anniversary, marking a milestone in its journey of innovation in fibre laser technology.

Enhancing productivity by integrating processes with Prima Power

A leading US-based manufacturing solutions provider has upgraded its capabilities by adopting Prima Power’s Laser cutting + Punching + Buffering + Bending (LPBB) integrated and flexible system.

Laser Expertise applies quality laser cutting to stylish fire pits

In recent years many people have spent more of their time socialising outdoors; unfortunately, British weather does not always make this a comfortable experience.

Civan Lasers opens first European office in Hannover, Germany

Civan Lasers proudly announces the opening of its first European office in Hannover, Germany, reflecting its commitment to meet the growing demand for our innovative solutions in Germany and across […]

PowerPhotonic’s high LIDT measurements show optics’ quality

PowerPhotonic, designer and manufacturer of freeform, wafer-scale optics, is achieving laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) measurements exceeding 100kW/cm at 1070 nm in continuous wave, high-power, laser applications.

Fimark’s backlit buttons for automotive and aerospace

In the world of automotive and aerospace design attention to detail is paramount, especially when it comes to creating components like backlit buttons. One of the key features enhancing user […]

Datum Laser collaborates on custom car battery connector

Datum Laser, in collaboration with Binghamton University, New York, recently undertook a project that showcased the fusion of cutting-edge technology and academic innovation.

Mazak strengthens Scottish presence with new Sales Manager

David Martin has joined ScotMaz – the sole distributor of Yamazaki Mazak machine tools in Scotland – as Sales Manager to support the manufacturer’s growing presence in Scotland.

Dr Vincent D. Mattera Jr. to retire as CEO of Coherent

Dr Vincent (“Chuck”) D. Mattera, Jr. has informed the Coherent Board of Directors of his intent to retire as CEO following the commencement of employment of his successor.

Aerotech invests in South Korean production facility

Aerotech’s partnership with the South Korean specialist for UV laser systems ANI Motion Tech Ltd has been in place since 2017. A joint venture is now being further intensified and […]

Amada to host Automation Efficiency Exhibition March 2024

 Amada’s Automation Efficiency Exhibition will be held on 19th-22nd of March, at which industrial sheet metal machinery will be showcased.

TLM Laser launches Univet’s innovative laser safety helmet

With the technology continuing to advance year on year, lasers are not only finding their way into new applications, but are also now available in many different configurations, including a […]

UK subcontractor goes 3D with a TRUMPF laser cut & weld cell

SMF UK, a Leicester company specialising in precision sheet metal, laser cutting and fabrication, is further strengthening its already formidable portfolio of high-end machine tools by investing in a new […]

Fimark laser etches high-end HiFi loudspeakers

A triumph of form marrying function, MUON by KEF is perhaps the most extraordinary loudspeaker ever conceived. The MUON is a remarkable feat of sound engineering and cutting-edge design.

Accounting software boosts laser cutting quoting efficiency

Small laser cutting and metal fabrication job shops face big challenges. With a limited number of staff on the roster, each person is performing multiple roles, from estimator, to customer […]

Luxinar’s LXR® ultrashort pulse laser platform unveiled

Luxinar will unveil its LXR® ultrashort pulse (USP) laser platform and showcase its CO2 laser sources at MECSPE, Bologna, Italy, 6 to 8 March 2024.

SIC Marketing launches hand-held laser marker

SIC Marking is pleased to announce its new hand-held laser marking product, L-MOOV

Cailabs & Precitec shape e-mobility with tailored solutions

Cailabs and Precitec are pleased to underline their partnership by offering tailored solutions for the e-mobility market.

Datum Laser launches new website

AILU member Datum Laser invites you to explore its brand-new website: 

Obituary: Barry Proctor (1.7.1965 – 28.12.2023) MD at Cutting Technologies & AILU Job Shop Committee Member

We were shocked and immensely saddened to hear that Barry Proctor, Managing Director at Cutting Technologies in Bolton, passed away at the end of December 2023. Barry was an active […]

New servo drives from Aerotech for precision applications

With Automation1 XA4 and iXA4, Aerotech is launching two new digital PWM drives. The slimline single and multi-axis servo motor drives are designed for use with Aerotech’s Automation1 platform and […]

Coherent’s picosecond laser for thin-film solar cell manufacture

Coherent has introduced its new HyperRapid NXT industrial picosecond laser, operating at 532 nm with 100 W average power, that enables ultraprecision manufacturing of thin-film solar cells.

Fimark’s 25-year collaboration with Kent Cams

In the demanding world of performance engine tuning, Fimark proudly celebrates a 25-year partnership with Kent Cams.

Ophir Photonics EU lab receives ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation

MKS Instruments is pleased to announce that the company has received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for its Ophir® Photonics Darmstadt, Germany Calibration Laboratory.

Stéphane Bussa is LASEA Group’s new Chief Commercial Officer

LASEA has announced that, effective March 1, 2024 Stéphane Bussa will join its team as the new Chief Commercial Officer.

Civan’s Dynamic Beam Laser in Material Processing Research

At Aalborg University in Denmark, Associate Professor Morten Kristiansen’s research journey has been anchored in the history of using beam shapes for welding, cutting, and fabrication.

Latest technological innovations for the construction industry

Safety and environmental sustainability are becoming increasingly important in the construction sector and the search for innovative tools and technologies such as those related to the world of structural Building […]

Lantek Expert & iQuoting pays dividends for small companies

Many subcontract sheet metal companies have one or two laser cutting machines and rely on a continual and rapid turnover of new and repeat business to support their business models.

Prima Power collaborates with Finnish furniture manufacturer

Prima Power’s long-term partner Lojer Oy is the largest manufacturer of hospital and healthcare furniture in the Nordic countries. The company operates three factories in Finland.

Renishaw technology reduces AM build times by up to 50%

Renishaw has recently launched TEMPUS™ technology, which enables users of its metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems to reduce build times by up to 50%, with no impact on part quality.

Obituary: Brooke Ward (12.12.1933 – 6.12.2023) renowned laser application scientist and AILU Life Member

We at AILU were extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Brooke Ward, outstanding laser application scientist and AILU Life Member, on 6th December, just short of his 90th […]

Mazak investment in UK facilities delivers ‘packed’ Open House

Yamazaki Mazak’s investment in its UK manufacturing facilities was one of the main draws behind strong attendance at its recent annual Open House.

Tempus Tools’ software empowers growth of metal fabricator

Expanding Australian metal fabrication specialist, J&T Steel Sales, has found that improved productivity and new equipment is only half the battle to boost customer service and sales.

Fimark shows laser engraving mastery on exclusive watch dial

James Lamb Watches embarked on a journey to create an exceptional and exclusive timepiece collection, the Origin “Azur,” limited to 12 pieces for Collective Horology and The Limited Edition UK.

NSC launches Solar Powered Nitrogen Generator at AILU event

Nitrogen Supply Co. Limited has unveiled an innovative product design to zero energy costs associated with nitrogen generation. 

BLM Group building sustainable constructions with lasers

BLM is part of the EU-funded project LASTTS (LASer cutting Technology for Tubular Structures), the aim of which is to validate, through experimental tests, the use of passing through structural […]

Lasermet’s Access Keypad provides range of control capabilities

Lasermet’s KP23 Access Keypad is an unparalleled and reliable solution that provides users with a comprehensive range of access control capabilities.

Precision engineering and effective problem-solving from Carrs

As a case study in precision engineering and effective problem-solving, Carrs Welding Technologies recently encountered a challenging scenario involving the repair of a crankshaft from a high-performance engine.

GF Machining’s new software version increases design options

GF Machining Solutions has released version 1.12.5 of its CAM software for texturing, engraving and micromachining laser machines.

Mazak to host ‘Building Your Future’ Open House

Yamazaki Mazak is hosting a special ‘Building Your Future’ Open House in December for customers who are ready to invest in new machining technology.

BLM’s bike shelter project with Lasertube and tube benders

In this article, a practical case is examined to illustrate how the adoption of Lasertube, tube benders and wire benders, along with related programming and integration software, saved time and reduced material consumption in […]

New control software from SCANLAB increases precision in AM

SCANLAB GmbH helps mechanical engineers to develop new metal 3D-printing systems by providing harmonious solution modules.

New Lasermet facility expansion boosts innovation

The new Lasermet facility expansion boosts innovation and delivers the highest standard of laser safety products and services worldwide.

Lantek helps improve productivity for sheet metal company

Australian laser subcontractor Online Laser Pty can manufacture twice as much as before with the help of Lantek’s sheet metal CAD/CAM and ERP software.

New record for Central Laser Facilitiy’s DiPOLE technology

A new generation DiPOLE laser, delivering 10 J pulses at 100 Hz repetition rate (1 kW average power) has been developed and commissioned by the CALTA team at STFC’s Central […]

PRIMES ‘LaserQualityMonitor’ for industrial high power lasers

Continuously increasing demands for quality control as well as more tightly defined process parameters necessitate the qualification of laser beam sources in serial production.

Beam delivery products from Laser Mech aid cutting & welding

The FiberWELD® DHµ is a compact, DED head for medium power, fibre-based laser manufacturing applications. FiberCUT® STa features programmable focus position adjustment which delivers exacting cutting in ­materials with varying […]

ALE announces 25th installation of Twin Track technology

Applied Laser Engineering (ALE) is pleased to announce that the global demand for Twin Track means it has already reached the 25th successful installation milestone, and with more orders already […]

Pro-Lite introduces M² measurement with Cam Squared

Pro-Lite now supplies the M2 measurement system “CAM SQUARED” which is the latest product from Imagine Optic. It offers precise and reliable analysis of laser beam quality with new records in […]

Nukon fibre laser brings ‘significant benefit’ to manufacturer

Investing in a Nukon 2D fibre laser machine from Nukon Lasers UK brought significant vertical integration, product development and sustainable manufacturing benefits to Gripple – a world-leading manufacturer of wire […]

Ficep UK invests in premises to meet growing demand

Ficep UK has invested in its offices and stockholding capacity as a direct response to the growing demand from clients who rely on their cutting-edge machinery solutions.

Trotec’s lasers help Austrian subcontractors expand business

Laser cutting, engraving and marking company Laser Raum put their Trotec laser machines to daily use, with the speed and precision of the systems enabling an expansion of their product […]

Innovative Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) processing from Fluence

The innovative approach to Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) processing has been the subject of extensive research at Fluence in recent months.

Prima Power reveals a new integrated manufacturing line

Prima Power showcased a unique production solution at this year’s Blechexpo; a perfect solution for a wide range of materials and complex product manufacturing.

Aerotech’s Automation1 offers more flexibility & dependability

Aerotech Inc has introduced a new version of Automation1 motion control.

Posalux celebrates its 80th anniversary

For eight decades Posalux, a Swiss machine tools manufacturer offering high-end micromachining equipment, has been at the forefront of innovation. 

Lasermet’s latest addition to hand-held laser welding safety

The Lasermet ICS-7 ALF is the latest addition to the Interlocked Control System (ICS) series, specifically tailored for use with the Passive Alf interlocked laser welding helmet and enclosure.

LVD introduces new large-format Phoenix laser cutting system

LVD has introduced the new large-format Phoenix FL-6525 laser cutting machine with bevel cutting head, a new automated bending solution, and new CADMAN®-FLOW software for optimised process flow.

BLM’s new Lasertube fills processing gap

The BLM Group has introduced the new Lasertube LT12: a fibre laser cutting system for tubes and metal profiles, capable of cutting tubes from 25 – 305 mm in diameter, […]

CEC introduces new Client Relationship Manager for AILU

Nigel Addison-Evans is responsible for working with associations, organisations and businesses to help them understand how through taking a holistic approach to energy management, Control Energy Costs (CEC) can support […]

Coherent Glasgow unifies ultrafast laser operations

Coherent has unified all the company’s ultrafast laser operations – including all picosecond and femtosecond laser manufacturing – at a single location: the Ultrafast Centre of Excellence in Glasgow.

Laser Expertise cuts metal parts for sports technology company

BatFast provides the most true-to-life batting sports simulations. The company utilises cutting-edge technology, including augmented reality and precision-built hardware which calibrates to various difficulty levels.

Civan unveils 500W single mode continuous wave green laser

Civan Lasers has announced the successful development of a 500W Single Mode Continuous Wave 532nm laser, marking a world record for such a laser type.

Simpson Technology supplies next gen hand-held laser welders

Hand-held laser welder machines by Han’s Laser are now available at Simpson Technology.

Mazak recognised as one of leading employers in Worcester

Yamazaki Mazak has been recognised as one of the top employers in Worcestershire following its long-standing work with local education institutions and commitment to sustainable job creation.

Trotec Laser introduces large format laser cutter at UK HQ

Trotec is thrilled to announce the latest addition of the SP3000 400 watt large format laser cutter to its flagship demonstration centre in North East England. 

Blackbird Robotics celebrates its 15th anniversary

Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH, manufacturer of system solutions for remote laser welding, is continuing to grow as it looks back on 15 years of success.

Subcontractor targets space sector with TRUMPF AM system

Doncaster-based Laser Additive Solutions (LAS), a rapidly expanding subcontract provider of laser processing and additive manufacturing services, is targeting customers in the UK’s burgeoning space sector following its investment in […]

Cut Tec delivers precision & quality with Trotec laser cutter

Based in Barnsley, Yorkshire, Cutting Technologies is a leading laser cutting service provider that has served diverse industries for over 20 years and is committed to providing exceptional service to […]

Elegant laser cutting quotation solution from Tempus Tools

Bespoke metal fabrication specialist, Hurstbourne Forge, has found an elegant and efficient solution to its varied laser cutting quoting needs for its job shop in Andover, Hampshire, in the UK.

Companies collaborate to build Paul McCartney guitar tribute

Diamond Precision Engineering was tasked with making a giant guitar to mark the 80th birthday of Sir Paul McCartney. The company used Lantek Expert software to nest and programme its […]

VIP event marks 40 years for laser specialist Micrometric

Local dignitaries and industry representatives attended a VIP breakfast event to celebrate 40 years of the Lincoln-based manufacturer Micrometric.

Lantek reports impressive 24.9% increase in turnover

Multinational software company Lantek has announced its global financial results for the 2022/23 financial year, reporting a 24.9% surge in sales, resulting in a turnover exceeding 35.3 million euros.

Coherent’s AM technology for advanced ceramic components

Coherent has developed an additive manufacturing process capable of producing advanced ceramic components for high-performance thermal management applications, including for next-generation semiconductor capital equipment.

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme for large UK enterprises

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory requirement for all large enterprises in the UK. The deadline for submission of Phase 3 reports is 5th June 2024.

Obituary: David Belforte 1932-2023

It was with great sadness that we learned of the recent death of David Belforte.

Luxinar improves edge quality in high-precision thin film cutting

SR AOM sealed CO2 laser sources with acousto-optic modulator improve edge quality in high-precision thin film cutting applications.

TRUMPF fires mega laser to mark 100th anniversary 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of German high-tech company TRUMPF, which is based in the Stuttgart region.

Hutchinson inducted into Manufacturing NI Hall of Fame

Mark Hutchinson CDir, the CEO of Northern Ireland engineering company Hutchinson, has been inducted into the prestigious Manufacturing NI Hall of Fame.

New Luxinar laser source for material processing applications

Luxinar’s first range of ultrashort pulse laser sources, the LXR® series, is a patented technology that has revolutionised materials processing with its short pulse width (800 ± 100 fs) allowing […]

Successful Open House event for TRUMPF UK

Another successful Open House took place at TRUMPF in Luton on the 12th and 13th July 2023 where TRUMPF opened the doors to its customers so they could see the […]

Renishaw & industry valve supplier introduce AM to oil and gas

To explore the benefits of additive manufacturing (AM) processes in the oil and gas sector, UK industrial valve supplier KOSO Kent Introl has collaborated with global engineering technologies company Renishaw.

Coherent’s industry-first pump laser diode with 65 W power

Coherent has introduced its next-generation pump laser diode, with 65 W of output power for fiber lasers in industrial and consumer applications.

Mazak hosts primary schools in STEM Challenge Final

Yamazaki Mazak hosted over 80 primary school students from across Worcestershire as they showcased their skills and ideas in the 2023 Primary STEM Challenge Final.

Duright looks to the future with BLM Laser Tube Investment

Duright Engineering, a UK tube cutting and processing sub-contractor, has invested in 2 BLM tube fibre lasers, providing the opportunity to develop the service offered and drive further efficiencies.

Hamamatsu innovates in laser metal machining optics

Hamamatsu develops new optical component for laser metal machining. Hamamatsu Photonics has developed a new LCOS-SLM (Liquid Crystal On Silicon – Spatial Light Modulator), the X15213-03CL, that delivers the world’s […]