10 December 2014

Laser solutions to today's manufacturing challenges: successful applications in cutting, drilling, marking, engraving and surface texturing

  • Location: TRUMPF UK, Luton LU2 9NL
  • Attendees: All welcome



About this workshop

At the heart of laser materials processing is an increasing number of applications in which the laser use is well established. But for this event I want to push the boundaries by addressing laser solutions to the more challenging of today’s manufacturing applications: ones that, for example, involve a material such as glass that is intrinsically difficult to process, or a material with a multilayer structure of which only the top layer is to be scribed/drilled without damaging the layer beneath. Other such applications include those where the workpiece presents a difficult geometry or topography and/or where multi-axis processing or the creation of a features with, say, a very high aspect ratio is required. And to provide a broader perspective to the workshop, I have included two presentations that address competing/complementary processes: water-jet and wire-EDM.

This workshop therefore highlights unique solutions to some of the really tough engineering problems that exist across a large number of industrial sectors. A key aim is to match solutions to potential clients.

Finally, we have taken the opportunity of an industrial laser community gathering to provide input to the future industrial UK strategy and funding options being considered by Innovate UK, by inviting Louise Jones, at KTN-UK, to ‘set the scene’ and elicit responses.

All in all, this is an event that is not to be missed.

Ric Allott, Chair

Download a meeting flyer here.


08:30 Registration & Refreshments

09:25  Introduction, Ric Allott, STFC

09:30 - 10:25  SESSION 1 - Laser and competing cutting processes

Laser cutting of non-metallic materials
Gerry Jones, Trumpf UK

Comparison of laser, abrasive waterjet and wire-EDM for fine cutting
Don Miller, Finepart Sweden AB

5-axis waterjet vs laser
Dave Larcombe, Bystronic

10:25 Refreshments

10:55 - 12:50  SESSION 2 - Drilling and other fibre laser applications

Flexible laser system for precision laser material processing
Mo Naeem, Prima Power Laserdyne

Quasi-CW fibre laser drilling of aerospace materials
Sundar Marimuthu, MTC

Influence of the beam parameter product on fibre laser cutting of highly reflective materials
Frank Gaebler, Coherent GmbH

Challenging laser applications using fibre lasers
Stuart McCulloch, SPI Lasers

Innovate UK industrial grants for Photonics
Louise Jones, Knowledge Transfer Network
Louise Jones, High Value Manufacturing and Photonics Specialist at KTN-UK, will make a 'setting the scene' presentation. Delegates will then have the opportunity to make an input to the Innovate UK’s future industrial strategy and funding options. This is a great opportunity to voice your opinion and make sure that what you care about is put on the table for consideration.

12:50 Lunch

13:40 - 14:50 SESSION 3 - Pulsed laser applications

Glass and sapphire laser cutting
Andy May, Rofin-Baasel UK
A short review of methods and shortcomings and the benefits of ultrashort pulse laser filamentation

Scanned mask imaging
David Myles, M-Solv

Pulsed UV laser processing of non planar surfaces and structures
Paul Apte, Rideo Systems and Micronanics

The use of lasers in digital fabrication
Alan Ferguson, Oxford Lasers

14:50 Refreshments

15:10 Trumpf UK showroom tour and departure

Trumpf Ltd
President Way
Airport Executive Park

T: 01582 725335

Ample car parking is available (see Travel below).



* AILU and supporting organisation members: 95.00 GBP plus VAT

* Non members: 110.00 GBP plus VAT

* Concessions: 45.00 GBP plus VAT (retired, unemployed); 35.00 GBP plus VAT (full time students)

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.

To find the venue by car: from M1 Junction 10 or A1M Junction 8, take the A505 and follow the Airport signs. At the Ibis hotel, turn left. Follow straight over the next roundabout and then first left. Get a map here

There are many hotels in the area including the Premier Inn, Luton Airport.

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