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  1. Advancing laser manufacturing tools for common apps

    Niskayuna, NY - General Electric scientists and engineers are developing next generation laser technologies that are rapidly becoming mainstream on the manufacturing floor. Current and future generations of the manufacturing workforce will be wielding new high-tech laser "tools" that enable them to work faster, more efficiently, and with even higher precision.  GE's work with lasers dates back more than 50 years. Just two years after the laser was invented in 1960, Robert Hall, a physicist in GE's Niskayuna lab, demonstrated GE's first big breakthrough in lasers, the invention of the semiconductor diode laser . Many of the laser applications in people's daily lives stem from Dr. Hall's invention. TV remote controls, price code scanners in stores and laser printers are all examples of laser diodes.  Since then, General Electric  scientists using laser technology have been making significant contributions to advanced manufacturing applications. GE has pioneered the use of lasers in manufacturing, ranging from laser hole drilling in aircraft blades for cooling to the first use of lasers for surface treatment of blades for better strength. Recently GE laser scientists at GE Global Research in Shanghai built a unique laser deposition  machine that is capable of efficiently building difficult-to-work-with materials like titanium into parts as large as 1 meter tall. This additive manufacturing technique is being developed to form the leading edge of GE's jet engine fan blades, and GE is evaluating a range of business applications that involve similar complex components.  Lasers are also used to assemble intricate components for a range of applications including filaments for lighting products, electrical generator components, X-ray imaging assemblies and most recently, GE's new Durathon Battery. GE researchers have also developed new techniques in laser scribing  to interconnect cells in a solar module.  "As manufacturing becomes more advanced, we're beginning to see laser technologies in manufacturing move from specialty applications to common tools used by manufacturing workers on the plant floor," said Hongqiang Chen, who leads new developments for GE in laser technology. The global environment for manufacturing is becoming ever more competitive. With product cycle times getting shorter and labor costs rising in developing world, the premium today is on technology to be competitive.  ____ (Image via Shutterstock )

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  2. Drill bit innovator exploring 3D laser manufacturing systems

    BlueFire Equipment Corp. has formed an additive manufacturing initiative for producing its polycrystalline diamond cutter drill bits.

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    Mon, 30 Sep 2013

  3. Laser manufacturing of photovoltaics

    Munich, Germany – Laser World of Photonics (May 22 to 26), a trade fair for photonics, and the World of Photonics Congress will present the focus topics of lasers and laser systems for production engineering, green photonics, and biophotonics and life sciences with a special emphasis on resource ...

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    Fri, 18 Feb 2011

  4. IMTS 2016: It's a numbers game

    IMTS 2016 was held at the McCormick Place Convention Center near downtown Chicago and ended Saturday, September 17 th .

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    Tue, 20 Sep 2016

  1. Two upcoming shows bring laser technology to the Chicago area

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    Fri, 5 Sep 2014

  2. UK laser processing symposium brings industry and researchers together

    Abingdon, Oxford, UK – The AILU's (Association of Laser Users) biannual Industrial Laser Application Symposium, to be held March 15 and 16, 2011, in Warrington, brings the UK industrial user and research communities together to highlight developments and opportunities in laser manufacturing ...

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    Thu, 23 Dec 2010

  3. Beam profiling a high power fiber laser

    Laser beams are like light bulbs: they change in output over time. When laser manufacturing high precision, high reliability parts, this presents a challenge.

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    Sun, 1 Apr 2012

  4. Keep those Humvees rolling

    East Peoria, IL — Todd Berry, president of Precision Laser Manufacturing (PLM), and his 12 employees are proud of their contribution in support of the U.S. troops in Iraq.

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    Tue, 1 Jun 2004

  5. LML purchases advanced laser tool from OpTek Systems

    Laser Micromachining Ltd. (LML) Denbighshire, UK, has recently purchased a TX6400 fully integrated laser machining center from OpTek Systems Ltd., Abingdon, UK, sister company to OpTek Systems Inc., Greenville SC, USA. LML was looking to enhance its high quality laser manufacturing capabilities.

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    Wed, 16 Jul 2008

  6. Fall 2016's hot conferences for laser material processing

    Fall is upon us again, and that means everyone is gearing up their show and customer-visit travel schedule. 

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2016

  7. Ultrafast lasers for consumer electronics

    Today, ultrafast lasers are an important part of many industrial processes.

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    Tue, 17 Mar 2015

  8. Laser micromachining systems

    Raydiance has introduced the R-Drill, R-Tube, and R-Mill to address micromachining challenges in the automotive, industrial, and medical device industries.

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    Mon, 31 Mar 2014

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