Recent Developments in Laser Sources for Industrial Applications

Alphonse Niyibizi, Paul Kioni, Bernard Ikua


Remarkable developments and improvements in laser
source technology for industrial manufacturing have taken place
recently. Different technologies have continued to compete with each other on the benefit of the manufacturing industry. These include the full utilization of fibre laser toward becoming the dominant technology in laser manufacturing. This paper reviews the recent trends in the development and industrial use of high power fibre, diode, ultrafast, and other industrial laser sources. It is seen that these lasers are slowly replacing CO2 and Nd-solid-state lasers that have dominated the laser manufacturing industry for decades.