Peking University and Royal Society of Edinburgh visit the Centre

A delegation led by Professor Tariq Durrani, Vice-President (International) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and WANG Jie, Vice-President of Peking University visited Heriot-Watt University to see some of the University’s research projects on Thursday 18 June.

Professor Duncan Hand welcomed the visiting group to the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes.  During the visit discussions took place about research, the benefits of internationalisation and the development of student exchanges.


Lighting the way to new Wonder materials?

A glass lattice that traps light in such a way that it exhibits ‘infinite mass’ has been devised by a group of physicists at Heriot-Watt University led by the Centre's Robert Thomson.

Laser-written photonic lattices are a powerful way to observe phenomena that are simply too difficult to observe in other systems.

                Dr Robert Thomson


New Technology for Designers - GVUK Design - Glasgow

Your invitation to a local event where you can catch up with the latest technology available to Jewellers, Industrial designers, Academics and Artists. 

This Open Day follows on from successful events in Birmingham, London & Dublin during 2014, and makes the latest technology available to view in an informal environment as an Open Day where visitors are invited to attend at any time during the day.  

The following brands will be represented at the Technology Day:

Stewart Williams writes on the need for scientific understanding in laser welding

Writing in Laser Systems Europe the Centre's Professor Stewart Williams at Cranfield University argues that a more scientific approach to laser welding would increase uptake of the technology.

It is my belief that it is the often adopted engineering approach to laser welding, and indeed many other laser processes, which is the root cause of this. This is manifested in the following types of activities:


UK Additive Manufacturing National Strategy

The Centre is contributing to the creation of the UK Additive Manufacturing Strategy "to maximise UK business growth and long term economic value in the successful industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing".  The UK Additive Manufacturing Strategy is closely linked to the National Strategy for Laser-based Manufacturing.