Contributing Editor Bruce Morey
Lasers for welding have proven their worth in the last 35 years in select applications. Despite their high capital cost, the precise, intense heat source makes lasers the right choice where there are tight tolerances, close fit-ups, and thin materials. These are applications where lasers produce less distortion, with their smaller heat-affected zone (HAZ) around the weld. Full Article
Dr. Michelle Stock, Ph.D.
As a new member of the SME Industrial Laser Community with a focus on recently adopted industrial laser technology – ultrafast lasers – it’s appropriate to follow Ron Schaeffer’s inaugural blog for the SME Laser Channel with a perspective from February’s Photonics West conference. And yes, I’m jumping from that blog’s focus on the early history of light to the present “leading-edge” of laser technology. Full Article
Ronald D. Schaeffer, PhD, CEO, PhotoMachining Inc.
The Industrial Laser Community is one of the most active and fun in all of SME and it is an honor to be asked to write the first blog for the new Laser Channel at MfgEngMedia.com. This being the ‘first’, I thought I would discuss some early history in the search for the understanding of light. Most people have heard of Newton and Einstein, but how many know about James Clerk Maxwell? Full Article
Alex Lucas, Business Development Manager/Scanning Products, Nikon Metrology Inc.
New product development is a powerful force in expanding manufacturing’s impact on economies around the world. The focus on improving production efficiency and part quality while meeting stringent production schedules is unrelenting. Measurement and inspection is one vital area being marked for improvement by advances in laser-scanning technology. Full Article
Mazak Optonics Corp. has announced a new partnership with Tekmag, an Italian automation systems manufacturer specializing in customized storage solutions. The new partnership will add to a continuing 12+ years of providing automation systems for clients of Mazak Optonics’ sister company, Mazak Europe. Full Article