29 November 2016

High power laser sources and beam delivery workshop

  • Sector: lasers and beam delivery
  • Location: Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
  • Attendees: All welcome

Chairs: Duncan Hand (L) and Daniel Esser
(Heriot-Watt University)

Recent developments in laser source technology have resulted in a more efficient and versatile “engine” for use in material processing systems.  Source capability and capital cost can have a significant impact on the overall competitiveness of a manufacturing solution.  
Lasers for manufacturing also require innovative and efficient beam delivery.  Over the past decades, the use of fibre optic beam delivery, optical assemblies and scanning heads have all contributed to achieve greater throughput, easier integration, higher reliability and greater efficiency.  
With speakers covering different types of industrial laser source together with the latest advances in beam delivery, shaping and manipulation, this workshop will be of interest to academics, laser manufacturers, system integrators and end users of lasers for material processing.  Taking place at Heriot Watt, the workshop will include an optional tour of the facilities at the University which is part of the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes.​

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08:45 - 09:30 Registration and refreshments  

09:30 - 10:50  Session 1: High Power Lasers

Welcome and introduction
Duncan Hand, Heriot-Watt University

New developments in high power pico and femtosecond laser sources
Darryl McCoy, Coherent

Tailored Beam Delivery for industrial fiber laser processes​
Stan Wilford, IPG Photonics

New direct diode laser sources
Devin Crawford, Lasertel, USA​

10:50 - 11:20  Refreshments & Exhibition

11:20 - 12:50 Session 2: Beam Delivery

Lasers making Lasers
​Jacob Mackenzie, University of Southampton

Laser Technology for Industrial Processes
Daniel Esser, Heriot-Watt University

Hollow core fibre delivery solutions for Ultrashort pulse lasers​
Bjorn Wedel, Photonic Tools 

Scanning beam delivery for ultrafast laser processing
Lars Penning, Next Scan Technology

12:50 - 13:50 Lunch & Exhibition

13:50 - 14:50 Session 3

Refractive beamshapers for high power lasers
Matthew Currie, Powerphotonic 

Novel beam delivery systems for high-efficiency UV DPSS laser processing
Adam Brunton, M-Solv 

DiPOLE: Design, performance and applications of multi-Joule, multi-Hz pulsed laser systems​​
Jonathan Phillips, Central Laser Facility, STFC

14:50 - 15:20 Refreshments & Exhibition

15:20 - 16:20 Tour of the Industrial Laser Development Laboratory and the Beam Delivery/Precision Laser Processing Laboratory



 Prices below exclude VAT @ 20%

  AILU member Non-member Concessions Students
Delegate only £160 £195 £65 £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).



Exhibitors can access the Hugh Nisbet Building from 08:00. The exhibition room is the College Lounge on the top floor. Registration begins at 08:45. Breakdown will commence once the tour begins at 15:20.

Please see here for delivery lift access. If you have multiple or heavy items to deliver, delivering via Gait 3 and catering lift is recommended – route highlighted in red. The unloading area marked and the catering lift can be utilised on the strict understanding that catering staff and delivery vehicles can still access these area and that they have priority over exhibitor deliveries.

Once items have been unloaded, exhibitors should then park in the visitors cars – A, B, H, J or I (see here).

Exhibition tables are 1.5 m x 0.75 m and one power socket will be supplied per table.​

Tables are unclothed so please bring a table cloth if you require one.

Please complete a Risk Assessment if you are bringing more than brochures.



Cedar Suite and College Lounge
Top Floor
Hugh Nisbet Building
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh Campus
EH14 4AS



For a Campus Map click here

For car parks and a walking map to the Hugh Nisbet Building (via Main Reception) click here



The three hotels closest to to Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh campus are:

Novotel (closest to the University)
Motel one

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