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...

Julie van Stiphout - Sassen

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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