LASER World of Photonics
Location: Photonics Forum “Lasers and Optics”; Hall B3 / Stand B3.360
Date: June 29th 2017 10:00 – 14:00
Laser-based manufacturing plays a vital role in European production. From drilling of micro-holes in filters and sieves to melting of metal powder in additive manufacturing or 3D printing, lasers enable an increasing variety of manufacturing processes. The ability of lasers to deliver energy precisely when it is needed and precisely where it is needed makes them an ideal choice for individualized and on demand production. In this context, research aims at the creation of new solutions to support industry in the uptake of new tools and devices.
The challenge for laser-based manufacturing lies in the digitisation of the production chain, end to end. To fully exploit the potential, laser-based tools need to be fully integrated into manufacturing systems. This enables processing to be controlled from the design stage through maintenance to quality assurance and delivery.
Digitisation of production is a key part of Europe’s digital agenda. The European Commission has supported several projects with funding to bring SMEs, industry and innovation closer together. LASHARE is one project under the umbrella of I4MS (innovation for manufacturing SMEs) that directly targets the acceleration of technology uptake. The partners developed an assessment framework which conducts a laser-based equipment assessment (LEA). Within these LEAs, a team from research, equipment supplier and industrial user join forces to address challenges in manufacturing.