17 September 2014

Laser processing for micro and nano-scale manufacturing: technology and application advances

  • Location: Mechanical and Civil Engineering Building, University of Birmingham
  • Attendees: All welcome






Invitation to this workshop

Dear Colleague
It is a pleasure to invite you to participate in this annual event, which is being held for the first time at the University of Birmingham and is co-organised by the EcoLaserFact project ( It will bring together a wide range of industrial users, suppliers of laser-based equipment and researchers in laser technology and applications, to network and to review the latest innovations in micro and nano-scale laser processing and the opportunities that it is creating.

The UK has a strong background in micro-machining, both on an academic and laser source/system integration level, and interest in applications of laser micro processing continues to grow in the UK. For example, at the last Industrial Laser Applications Symposium (ILAS 2013), a full six out of the 16 technical sessions were devoted to micro and nano-scale processing and their applications! AILU’s Micro & Nano Special Interest Group was set up to represents the interests of this section of the Laser Materials Processing community, and the annual laser micro and nano-processing workshop is its main activity.
Whether driven by the quest for higher efficiency or from the desire for greater functionality from the same thermal and/or physical footprint of device; the solution is almost invariably to shrink the feature sizes. Pulsed laser-processing - in particular using short and ultra-short pulse lasers - is increasingly becoming the tool of choice; a technology that provides an increasingly cost-effective route to achieving the necessary micro and nano-features, from profiled cooling holes to large area textured surfaces. Staying abreast of the developments in this enabling technology is key to maintaining a competitive edge.

This year’s event in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham University also provides an opportunity to see some of the newly established laser micro-processing facilities and current work in progress.

Jack Gabzdyl (Workshop Chair), Stefan Dimov (Host and co-organiser)

Download a meeting flyer here


Jack Gabzdyl, SPI Lasers UK Ltd



09:00 SESSION 1 Welcome Stefan Dimov, University of Birmingham Introduction to the day
Jack Gabzdyl, SPI Lasers UK Ltd
High power ultrashort laser processing with innovative optical systems
Arnold Gillner, Fraunhofer Institute fur Lasertechnik, Germany

Laser manufacturing - shortening the time to market for micro-products
Nadeem Rizvi, Laser Micromachining

Using lasers for a modern Assay Office
Will Evans, Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office


10:40 SESSION 2

Multi-scale characterisation of laser textured surfaces

Richard Leach, National Physical Laboratory

Nano-materials & micro-laser processes for the manufacture of large area and flexible electronics
Phil Rumsby, M-Solv

Laser micro processing for industrial applications: Some successful examples and on-going R&D projects
Jose Ramos, Lasea, Belgium

Machining with ps-lasers and seeder burst - why ps-laser pulses add value
Dirk Mueller, Coherent, Germany

13:00 SESSION 3
Laser modification of carbon
nanotube based wire for enhanced electrical properties
Bill O'Neill, University of Cambridge

Selective ablation of very thin coatings from substrates using short and ultra-short, repetitively-pulsed laser sources
Gerard O'Connor, NUI Galway, Ireland

New opportunities for nano and micro laser processes
Duncan Hand Heriot-Watt University

Laser micro processing modules: component technology in high throughput manufacturing platforms
Pavel Penchev, University of Birmingham


14:40 TOUR



The workshop will be held at the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Building, University of Birmingham (Edgbaston Campus), Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT. Presentations will take place in lecture theatre G34 and the exhibition and catering will be in the Shell Lounge (see yellow zone Y3 in this campus map).


On arrival 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 lunch and mid-morning refreshment breaks, will take place in the Shell Lounge. The exhibition will end at completion of the lunch break.

You can temporarily park outside the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Building to unload (Use entrance E1: see map). Access will be available from 07:30 on the day. The exhibition will start at the first refreshment break (10:10) and end at completion of the lunch break (13:00).

You can bring your own display stand and backboard; or you can opt to have
a table. Mains power will be provided to all tables.


Rail is strongly recommended for this event

Most cross-country services to Birmingham arrive at New Street Station. Up to six trains an hour depart for the stop 'University station' on the cross-city line (a ten minutes ride, final destination Longbridge or Redditch). The venue is only a short walk from University Station (location of station and venue can be seen on the campus map.

Air: Birmingham International Airport has direct flights from domestic and international locations.

The journey by taxi from the airport to the University takes approximately half an hour. Alternatively, Air-Rail Link provides a free, fast connection between the airport terminals and Birmingham International railway station. Air-Rail Link operates every two minutes (journey time 90 seconds). Birmingham International railway station has frequent services to New Street Station in the city centre (journey time around 15 minutes).


Approaching from the north west or south east along the M6

  • Leave at Junction 6 (signposted Birmingham Central) to join the A38(M)
  • At the end of the motorway, keep to the right, go over a flyover, then through some underpasses to join the A38 Bristol Road
  • The University is on your right, two and a half miles from the city centre

Approaching from the M42 north:

  • Leave at Junction 8 to join the M6 northbound and follow the instructions above

Approaching from the south west:

  • Leave the M5 at Junction 4 signposted Birmingham SW) to join the A38
  • The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway

Approaching from the M40:

  • It is easier to turn south on the M42 and leave at Junction 1, heading north on the A38 Bristol Road
  • The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway


Use visitors' car parking (North East car park is advised: access via Pritchatts Road, Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA

Click here for Edgbaston Campus map

Click here for full directions to the venue


 You will find a list of hotels near the venue here. (Hotel 'venuebirmingham' is closest  -it is on Campus).


* AILU and supporting organisation members: 160 GBP  plus VAT

* Non members: 195 GBP  plus VAT

* Concessions: 65 GBP  plus VAT (retired, unemployed); 45 GBP  plus VAT (full time students)

* Exhibitor (AILU and supporting orgiansation member): 155 GBP plus VAT

* Exhibitor (non-member): 195 GBP  plus VAT

* Exhibitor plus delegate discount off total: 50 GBP plus VAT

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 or to register for the event please email or telephone (T: 01235 539595) the AILU office.

Register on line here

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. Click here for further information on the benefits of AILU membership .

The AILU desk will be available throughout the day of the event to facilitate informal introductions with appropriate experts at the workshop for discussions on any technical or business matters.

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.

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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