Thanks to the the advancement of fiber optic technology and the move towards automation, many more industries are adopting fiber lasers. IPG Photonics is leading the way by developing all technology in-house, making fiber lasers an economical solution for most applications.
Scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Nizhniy Novgorod State University, NTO IRE-Polus and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have developed a ceramic-based laser that cuts tissue with minimal trauma and is at least two times less expensive than lasers using high-quality crystal-grown lasing materials.
IPG Photonics recently developed an innovative fiber optics-based GLPN-500-R laser, which combination of single-mode beam quality, short wavelength, short pulse duration and higher power allow exploration of new applications. A year after the Prism Award win, IPG has continued to enhance the laser architecture and optimize its components, resulting in a significant reduction in form factor.
ILS editorial advisor Dr. Kunihiko Washio, on a lab tour at the NADEX Laser R & D Center (Tsuruga, Japan), witnessed the following experiment with a 100kW fiber laser welding SUS 304 stainless steel at 100kW (1mm-diameter spot size)...
Fiber Lasers Poised to Impact Aerospace Component Drilling Lamp-pumped Nd:YAG lasers have been the work horse and have dominated the aerospace drilling market for decades, but the fiber laser is now under strong consideration by the aerospace industry for implementation on production lines.
August 13 2013, Laser Focus World Bill Shiner, IPG Photonics
Fiber Laser Process Targets Medical Plastics Welding A powerful laser technology originally developed for the telecommunications industry is now targeting plastic welding, and has significant implications for medical markets because it eliminates use of dyes and other additive extractables.
Lasers save time, increase productivity and introduce new technology, with resultant major impact on company bottom line and long term market position.
January 2012, Laser Focus World Stan Wilford
Fiber-laser Technology Grows More Diverse Fiber lasers offer benefits such as long lifetimes, low complexity, reduced running costs, and low maintenance, which can now be found in a variety of fiber-based products with power levels matching the needs of applications previously served by CO2 lasers.