Goodbye Adhesives, Hello Thermal Direct Joining

Laser Pre-Treatment and the Future of Hybrid Materials Interview by Liliana Caldero Originally in LIA TODAY July/August 2019. Throughout the world, scientists are rising to the challenge of developing new techniques to improve the eco-friendliness of products and production lines. Germany has been among the strongest supporters of the movement to be more environmentally responsible. […]

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Surface Functionalization with LIPSS Continues to Expand into New Industries

Interview by Liliana Caldero As featured in LIA TODAY July/August 2019.   Laser researchers from Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) have teamed up with medical researchers from Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (JKU) and Kepler Universitätsklinikum Linz (KUK) in a European research project to show the potential of laser materials processing for suppressing the adhesion […]

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Laser Additive Manufacturing’s Journey to Commercialization

By Andrew Albritton As seen in LIA TODAY LASER ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING CHALLENGES Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM), as it pertains to powder based manufacturing, is a technique that utilizes the interaction of lasers and base materials to construct a product, rather than removing material from a pre-constructed block of material. LAM is quickly approaching the critical […]

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Superhydrophobic and Superhydrophilic Functionalization of Engineering Surfaces by Laser Texturing

By Suwas Nikumb, Peter Serles, and Evgueni Bordatchev As seen in ICALEO 2017 and LIA TODAY   Nature is a bountiful source of inspiration to advance innovative surface functionalities, processes, and technologies for engineering materials. For example, the super-hydrophobic surface characteristic of the lotus leaf can be recreated by mimicking the microstructure and surface energy […]

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Inventors Synthesize Graphene with Lasers

As featured in the LIA TODAY By Liliana Caldero Graphene – it’s the two-dimensional (2D) allotrope of carbon atoms that ignited the imaginations of researchers across the globe. Heralded as a ‘miracle material’, its potential seemed limitless and it was predicted to usher in the next generation of technology. Flexible, stronger than steel, transparent, lightweight, […]

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