Powerlase and Irish university blast into laser research deal

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National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) has signed a contract with Powerlase to begin research into laser materials processing.

As part of this agreement, Powerlase will work with leading academics from the National Centre for Laser Applications (NCLA) to develop novel techniques for laser materials processing.

The NCLA was founded in Galway in the West of Ireland in 1989 and works with companies in a wide range of sectors including medical devices, electronics, precision engineering and aerospace. Powerlase is partnering with the NCLA to improve wider industry understanding of techniques in materials processing.

This agreement is the latest in a series of academic sign-ups for Powerlase, with its other research collaborations including work in EUV Lithography at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and University College Dublin (UCD), and a study of thin film patterning for flat panel display (FPD) manufacture at Osaka University.

Alan Conneely, centre manager at the NCLA, said: ‘The importance of a strong R&D base to Irish manufacturing industry has never been more critical. NCLA continues to help Irish industry to innovate new products and processes using laser technology. This partnership with Powerlase acknowledges the considerable reputation NCLA has established within the manufacturing community and underpins our ongoing efforts to bring the benefits of laser-based manufacturing to as wide an industrial base as possible.’