NEWS 16 February 2021

Continuous evolution of 60-year-old laser technology

Sixty years after its inception, laser technology is still steadily evolving and a large number of industrial applications have been developed over this period. In recent years, institutes and manufacturers...


Sixty years after its inception, laser technology is still steadily evolving and a large number of industrial applications have been developed over this period. In recent years, institutes and manufacturers have presented a tsunami of innovations around this powerful source of light, regarding knowhow, technology and practices. For laser-based materials processing, the continuous evolution towards shorter wavelengths stands out, as opening up a wide ‘supply’ of dedicated wavelengths fitting major contemporary practical purposes. Furthermore, laser quality has increased, efficiency has surpassed 50% and performance has improved spectacularly even with a decreasing laser footprint, while functionality expanded considerably in micro- as well as macro-applications. This Mikroniek article presents an overview.


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Picometer drift and microrad reproducibility

At the end of May, Settels Savenije hosted a DSPE Knowledge Day dedicated to challenges in nanometrology.

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Order of frictions and stiffnesses…

For lumped systems consisting of different frictions and stiffnesses, there has been confusion in literature about hysteresis curves and virtual play for many decades.

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Make it clean

In mid-April, the second edition of the Manufacturing Technology Conference and the fifth edition of the Clean Event were held together, for the first time, at the Koningshof in Veldhoven (NL).

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