Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has included JK Lasers’ ytterbium fiber laser in its Photonics in Engineering (PiE) research laboratory. The PiE group now has four industrial lasers obtained from JK Lasers. The lasers are ideal for conducting research in micromachining, drilling, cutting, and welding applications.
The fiber laser complements the pulsed Nd:YAG laser, and paves way for novel applications in high-speed machining of composite materials and metals. The research team at PiE, spearheaded by Dr. Martin Sharp, uses the laser systems in various applications. Few of the projects of the team include laser micromachining of polymeric material for the industry of biomedical, and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) macro laser processing for automotive and aerospace applications.
PiE has purchased its own fiber laser system to conduct composites project, after successful processing trials conducted at JK Lasers with a fiber laser. Many research groups around the globe are studying laser processing of CFRP with femtosecond lasers, ultrashort picosecond lasers, or UV laser systems.