Industrial applications

Aerospace industry

  • Laser drilling of effusion cooling holes
  • Laser drilling of holes in combustion rings
  • Laser drilling of acoustic holes in laminate mateirals
  • Laser cutting/machining/trimming of composites
  • Laser welding/joining of stringers and other components
  • Laser surface cleaning for E-beam welding
  • Laser surface cleaning for diffusion bonding
  • Laser shock peening to increase fatigue life (e.g. Fan blades)
  • Laser repair of turbines, vanes and other engine components by additive welding
  • Laser additive manufacturing and hybrid manufacturing of complex parts
  • Laser surface texturing for aerodynamic control and icing/frost control
  • Laser surface treatment for corrosion and wear resistance
  • Laser surface cladding/alloying of landing gears
  • Laser cleaning of dies and moulds
  • Laser paint stripping for aircraft maintenance
  • Laser cutting and machining of thin section sheets
  • Laser cutting of alloys (Ti alloy, Ni alloy and Al alloys)
  • Laser machining (milling/turning/boring) of hard alloys and ceramics

Consumer goods and textile industry

  • Laser cutting of leather
  • Laser cutting of carpets
  • Laser welding and sewing for clothes
  • Laser marking on clothes
  • Laser colour removal on jeans
  • Laser treatment for fibres and yarns for special feel effects
  • Laser nano-engineered fibres for self-cleaning functions
  • Marking of tiles, gifts and tourist products
  • Security marking of jewellery, watches, glasses and branded bags
  • Furniture engraving
  • Jewellery prototyping and manufacture
  • Laser sculpturing
  • Laser cutting of jigsaw packs
  • Laser manufacture of special chess mates
  • Laser manufacture, cleaning and repair of injection moulding dies
  • Laser texturing of injection moulding dies for special effect texture on plastic products
  • Laser cutting of wood
  • Laser welding of plastics
  • Laser restoration of historical artefacts
  • Laser 3D sculpturing in glass

Automotive industry

  • Laser brazing of car roofs
  • Laser hardening of engine valves
  • Laser welding of car body parts
  • Laser welding of air-bags
  • Laser profiling of panels
  • Laser cutting of body parts
  • Laser surface cleaning
  • Cleaning of dies and moulds
  •  Repair of legend parts by additive layered manufacture
  • Fuel cell manufacture (surface engineering and joining)
  • Security marking on parts and windows (internal marking)
  • Transparent conductive wire deposition on windows
  • Laser cutting of glass (chip-free)
  • Laser de-coating and sharpening of cutting tools for re-use
  • Laser dressing of grinding wheels
  • Laser welding of car keypads
  • Laser welding of oil tanks and exhaust pipes for increased life and corrosion resistance

Medical and healthcare industry

  • Micro-machining of high precision parts.
  • Medical implant manufacture by laser sintering and selective laser melting.
  • Drug packaging for dose control.
  • Security marking of medical instruments for traceability.
  • Inhaler stem metering hole drilling.
  • Nano-silver and TiO2 particle generation for long term air and surface disinfection.
  • Cell adhesion improvement by laser texturing.
  • Surface cleaning.
  • Tile grout cleaning and removal.
  • Medical instrument cleaning.
  • Coronary stent manufacture.
  • Teeth drilling and cleaning.
  • Tatton removal.
  • Hair removal.
  • Eye surgery.

Electronics, photonics and security industries

  • Laser ink-free permanent marking of electrical cables.
  • Laser fabrication of LCD, LED and plasma screens.
  • Laser marking of IC chips.
  • Laser lead-free soldering of electronic components.
  • Laser drilling of circuit boards (2D and 3D).
  • Laser drilling of ink jet nozzles.
  • Laser fabrication of LEDs (surface texturing for light diffusion).
  • Laser fabrication of micro-lens arrays.
  • Laser fabrication of thin-film colour-filter.
  • Laser micro-fabrication of MEMs and sensors.
  • Laser singulation of electronic devices.
  • Metamaterial fabrication.
  • Hard disk texturing.
  • CD writing.
  • IC chip master fabrication.
  • Rapid prototyping.
  • Currency and security document invisible marking.
  • IC chip security marking.

Construction and building industry

  • Laser engraving of stones (marble, grants, bricks and tiles).
  • Laser assisted robotic demolition (cutting, sectioning).
  • Laser cleaning of historical buildings and sculptures.
  • Laser sign making.
  • Laser cutting of metals, tiles and stones.
  • Laser cutting of trees and grass.
  • Laser paint stripping.
  • Laser surface texturing for special surface effects and self-cleaning surfaces.
  • Laser welding of structural materials.
  • Laser cutting of thick section concrete.
  • Laser hardening and repair of heavy tools.
  • Laser removal of chewing gums on streets.

Energy and nuclear industry

  • Laser welding of pump components and pipes for nuclear power plants.
  • Laser under-water welding and cutting off-shore structures.
  • Laser under-water cutting and welding for nuclear power plant maintenance.
  • Laser scabbling of concrete for nuclear decommissioning.
  • Laser cutting of thick section (up to 3 m) concrete.
  • Laser remote cutting of pipes for nuclear decommissioning.
  • Laser decontamination and paint stripping for nuclear decommissioning.
  • Nuclear fuel cap welding Solar cell (Si and thin film) manufacture by laser scribing, trimming, drilling.
  • Pipe welding (metal, plastic, composites) for oil and gas delivery.
  • Laser cutting and machining of glass and carbon composite materials for wind turbines.
  • Gear repair for wind turbines.
  • Drilling of thermal barrier coated turbines (cooling holes) for power generation.
  • Off- shore paint stripping on oil rigs.
  • Surface texturing of metals and Si for close to 100% light absorption.
  • Lotus leaves type surface structuring to produce super-hydrophobic self-cleaning surfaces.
  • Hydrogen fuel cell manufacture.
  • Remote, long distance laser drilling of underground stones/granites.
  • Laser piercing in underground and off-shore oil drilling.
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