LASER World of PHOTONICS: the world’s leading trade fair for laser material processing
Laser material processing has evolved into an integral part of manufacturing processes across various sectors. Laser cutting, laser drilling, laser welding and laser marking are just a few examples from the diverse fields of application for lasers.
Lasers can be used for processing all kinds of materials: metals, plastics or translucent materials such as glass. Laser material processing is equally popular in manufacturing large components and processing tasks in the micron range such as in smartphone production and organic or printed electronics.
Trend topics of laser material processing
Laser surface treatment and laser-based additive manufacturing processes are two of the industry’s current hot topics:
Laser-based surface fusion processes such as deposition welding and high-speed cladding.
Preparation of corrosion protection coatings using processes such as thermal laser spraying.
Laser-Ablation: a laser is used for the (selective) removal of material, e.g. to remove only a specific mate-rial from a component without causing damage to any other area.
Laser engraving and laser marking to ensure identifiability and traceability of components and products as well as for industrial and product marking. After all, lasers support processing materials of any kind and shape (aluminum, stainless steel, silver, textiles, plastics, wood, composites, glass, leather, rock, paperboard and even apples).
Market leaders and innovative companies in laser material processing
At LASER World of PHOTONICS, leading manufacturers using laser material processing present their innovative products and the latest solutions.
Lasers as enablers of tomorrow’s mobility
Laser material processing plays a particularly significant role in the automotive sector. The following innovative topics facilitate tomorrow’s mobility:
Laser processing in lightweight engineering
Lasers enable using and processing material combinations such as metal and plastic, aluminum and steel, or special composite materials for lightweight engineering.
Sustainable production through laser welding
The use of lasers in applications such as remote welding in the automotive sector facilitates shorter process cycles and reduced energy consumption, ultimately leading to a de-crease in production costs.
Ultra-precise laser material processing in the micron range
Lasers work with unsurpassed precision, making them indispensable tools for high-precision micromaterial processing applications such as in manufacturing processes for electronics components, semiconductors, photovoltaics components and smartphones.
Novelties in laser material processing
As leading international exhibition, LASER World of PHOTONICS is the first to present the latest innovations in the area of laser material processing in cooperation with market leaders and newcomers.
To give an example: Micromac presented new laser processes and machine solutions for glass and sapphire processing as well as roll-to-roll laser processing of flexible substrates at the last LASER World of PHOTONICS.
Supporting program for laser material processing
Benefit from the unique supporting program at LASER World of PHOTONICS. Here, where practical applications of innovations and the associated research go hand in hand, you can get insights into the latest applications, best practice tips and an outlook on the laser technologies of tomorrow.
|LiM—Lasers in Manufacturing: conference on laser material processing|
“LiM—Lasers in Manufacturing” is a dedicated scientific conference on laser material processing. It comprises three thematic sections:
- Macro Processing
- Micro Processing
- Additive Manufacturing
Here you will learn about the latest research projects.
The “Laser Materials Processing” forum is your port of call if you wish to get informed about the variety of laser material processing applications in industrial and production environments.
Apart from product presentations by our exhibitors, it will host practical lecture series on all days of the trade fair. The lectures hosted at World of PHOTONICS 2017 included the following:
• Cleaning with lasers
• Technologies for cutting, drilling and structuring glass and other transparent, brittle materials
• Ultrashort Pulsed Lasers for Micro Fabrication in Electronics Packaging
• Green beats UV – New approaches for high-speed PCB cutting
• Trends on ultrafast laser technologies and markets supporting smart mobile devices and IoT-smart-devices manufacturing
• Laser cleaning applications on semiconductor industry
• 3D-Printing: Laser based Additive Manufacturing for Metal Parts
• The practical use of Ultra High Speed Lasercladding (UHSL) in an industrial environment
• Laser Processing of Dielectric and Brittle Materials (Ceramics, Glass etc.)
• Glass cutting with temporally and spatially shaped femtosecond pulses
• Glass welding with industrial ultrafast lasers
• Industrial laser systems for processing of wafer-based substrates
Experts will accompany you on our guided tours with selected topics. These experts offer support for your specific problems within the framework of a face-to-face discussion.
In 2017, guided tours in the area of laser material processing included the following:
• Current developments in additive manufacturing
• Trends in remote laser processing
• Intelligent system engineering for process monitoring
• Laser material processing for e-mobility applications
• Accelerating processes through parallelization
• What Industry 4.0 means for laser material processing
LASER World of PHOTONICS is the industry’s leading trade fair and offers you an extensive insight into applications, innovations and research in the area of laser material processing.
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