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Making Light Work with Laser Cutting and Machining

Making Light Work with Laser Cutting and Machining
18 August 2017
09:30 - 14:00

Photonics, using light for a variety of purposes, is one of the fastest growing research and technology areas. Laser cutting uses a CAD file as a guide to cut a pattern out precisely. The technology uses a focused laser beam to process the material, and has replacing other methods because of greater accuracy and improved process control.
Aston University’s photonics team has recently launched a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) part-funded project called the Innovative Product Support Service (IPSS) around innovation and photonic technologies. The main target of the project is to apply scientific knowledge to new product and process development, and educate local companies, while increasing their productivity and profits.
We are inviting West Midlands based business owners and manufacturers to attend our free workshop. During the workshop we will discuss the varieties of laser cutting and processing methods, their applications in industry and Aston’s laser technology which allows process a variety of materials including metals and hard ceramics. We will provide some one-to-one consultancy throughout the day too. If we find a field for potential improvement, we will provide some initial investigations for your business for free.  Also, during the workshop we will talk about funding opportunities.
You can reserve your place by emailing Jolade Azzan: 

09:30 Coffee and registration.

10:00 An Introduction to Photonics.
Dr David Benton, ERDF photonics researcher.
Photonics technology is more widespread than most people realise. This workshop gives an introduction to the technology of light and will also include some examples of use of photonics in our daily life and brief descriptions of some of the projects for business being carried out in our labs.
10:25 ERDF photonics financial support.
Dr David Benton, ERDF photonics researcher.
The cost of this workshop is covered by the European Regional Development Fund. We will discuss the kinds of interactions that can be undertaken and the level of support that can be offered at no cost to you through the same fund.
10:30 Birmingham City University (BCU).  
Frank Cooper, Senior Lecturer and Technical Manager at the School of Jewellery.
A presentation about the practical use of 3D printing with laser technology in the jewellery industry

11:00 Coffee break & networking

11:20 Ways of working together
John Richards, Head of Business Development at Aston University.

Head of Aston’s Business partnership unit will outline a variety of ways in which companies can work in collaboration with AIPT, through funding support mechanisms including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Innovate UK.
11:35 Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU).
Dave MacLellan, Executive Director.

A talk about the membership association’s involvement with manufacturers, and examples demonstrating the capabilities of industrial lasers. 

11:50 AIPT Industrial Research Laboratory.
Neil Gordon, ERDF photonics researcher.

Processing of materials with ultrafast lasers at AIPT
12:05 Kuka

Hear about laser-assisted manufacturing and systems integration from one of the world’s leading suppliers of robots  

12:20 ABB Robotics.
Paul Williams.

A presentation about robots and lasers for processing and manufacturing given by a leading supplier of industrial robots, robot software and equipment.

12:35 Technology Demonstrators.

Some technical demonstrations of photonic based equipment including fibre optic sensors.

12:50 Lunch and & one-to-one consultations.
Discussing technical issues within your business and looking at possible solutions.
13:40 Optional lab tour.

See the photonics labs in action.


18 August 2017

09:30 - 14:00





Aston University

Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

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