Ultrafast Lasers are more and more demanded in the industry, in applications such as materials processing, communications, spectroscopy or life sciences. We have seen a lot of developments on pico- and femtosecond lasers in the last years, which allowed to cover the special requirements of those new applications with specific wavelengths, higher energies and powers, improved tunability and pulses with different characteristics (width, shape…). In particular, industrial laser processing has taken benefit of all those developments. New materials have been explored for demanding markets such as automotive, aerospace or medical, and better results with higher efficiency have been obtained in micromachining, surface texturing, additive manufacturing, sub-micron precision 3D printing or thin-film processing.
In this meeting, we will discuss about the new properties of the laser sources available nowadays for processing applications, the innovative solutions for the characterization of ultrashort pulses, the new monitoring solutions and the needs of the industry regarding new optical and mechanical components for beam transport.