Executive Summary of UK Roadmap for Laser-based Manufacturing Applications Published

To make the report more accessible and digestible, the Centre and AILU decided to publish a short 2 page version of the findings of the Roadmapping exercise. The document will be widely circulated to the Community and is available from the Centre or can be accessed here

Roadmapping Conclusions

The priority laser-based manufacturing application areas identified were predominantly around manufacturing techniques that are applicable to a variety of products and markets as follows:

·         Additive Manufacturing including Repair;

·         Joining materials including both thin and thick, similar and dissimilar materials;

·         Surface processing and modification;

·         Micro-manufacturing.

The most important underpinning technologies and R&D priorities required to deliver these application techniques were identified as:

·         Fundamental laser process science to improve the understanding of laser-material interactions and eliminate the “black art” associated with some current processes;

·         Development of better process output monitoring, analysis and control;

·         Development of improved and new lasers and laser systems as well as their integration into machines, tools and equipment;

·         Improvements of the laser beam delivery and control to enable better manufacturing precision and speed;

·         Development of better and more sophisticated, high speed scanners and scanning systems.


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