Next Generation Industrial Lasers for Super-high Speed Precision Manufacturing (NEGLAP)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Eng

Abstract

This project will install two state-of-the-art high power lasers: a 400 W nanosecond pulsed diode pumped solid state (DPSS) laser and a 1 kW fibre lasers, both developed by UK companies. Suitable external optics and high speed CNC systems will be integrated with the lasers to form materials processing cells.The lasers will be used to carry out a number of joint projects between the applicant's research group and four existing EPSRC IMRCs: Cambridge Manufacturing Institute, Scottish Manufacturing Institute, Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre and the University of Nottingham. These projects include super-speed laser cutting, high precision laser drilling, direct laser milling, surface texturing and micro-welding. Also six companies (including Rolls-Royce, BNFL and Pilkington) are involved in the project.This project will bring five leading research groups in the UK together to tackle the chanllanges of next generation manufacturing.

Publications

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Description Association of Industrial Laser Users 
Organisation Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
Start Year 2006
 
Description British Nuclear Fuels plc 
Organisation British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
Start Year 2006
 
Description Heriot-Watt University 
Organisation Heriot-Watt University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
Start Year 2006
 
Description Pilkington Technology MGT 
Organisation Pilkington Glass
Department Pilkington Technology Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2006
 
Description Powerlase Ltd 
Organisation Powerlase Photonics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2006
 
Description Rolls-Royce plc 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2006
 
Description University of Nottingham 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
Start Year 2006
 
Title Striation-free laser cutting 
Description  
IP Reference WO2008002338 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted
Licensed No
 
Title laser cutting 
Description  
IP Reference GB0713260.8 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted
Licensed No