Research has revealed that fibre lasers could replace other technologies to cut silicon, weld and cut plastics and mark metals.
Analysis & opinion
A new study reports that the value European photonics market has now drawn level with the semiconductor industry, and is now set to overtake it with an annual growth rate of 7.6 per cent.
Sales of fibre lasers are set to double by 2011, a new report reveals. The fibre laser market is expected to be worth $240m by the end of this year.
Visitors will be able to get up close to the latest applications of photonics at the Photonex show. By Tom Wilkie
The use of lasers for industrial cutting and welding seemed to be the theme of Laser 2007, but opinions over which lasers would provide this technology were fiercely divided.
Demanding websites like YouTube and MySpace have been driving the market for laser crystals, a new study suggests, with a 5 per cent increase in profit in this area since 2001.
Machine Vision in European Manufacturing, a conference organised by Imaging and Machine Vision Europe magazine, has announced its first speakers, including representatives from DaimlerChrysler, EMVA and UKIVA
Laser 2007, World of Photonics, which takes place from 18-21 June in Munich, will highlight the latest trends in photonics and the way it is being employed in industry.
The team behind Imaging and Machine Vision Europe magazine has announced a conference entitled Machine Vision in European Manufacturing, to be held in Cambridge, UK on 13-14 September 2007
Laser 2007 is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a new focus on the industrial applications of lasers.
An excited buzz filled the air at Photonics West this January, as the event turned out to be SPIE's (the International Society for Optical Engineering) biggest success to date.