The meeting featured many papers about micromachining and ultrafast pulse cutting (ns and ps) for solar cell layers. One might say that, of the three dozen presentations, low-power fiber lasers ruled at this conference.
The interest in composites has grown greatly over the past decade. Their unique properties offer increasingly important advantages in manufacturing; but cutting, drilling, and other forms of materials processing can present a major challenge. Lasers offer a unique solution; they are finding a growing number of industrial applications, and developments in both laser and material technologies have recently led to a further expansion in this area.