Laser material processing represents a large number of processes which are growing rapidly in different industrial applications. There are some processes that have been developed since 1980s and actually represent highly consolidated processes, such as cutting, welding or marking, that are being applied on different materials. On the other hand, other processes are still at a pre-industrial stage. These processes, such as laser cladding or laser texturing, represent new alternatives to traditional manufacturing processes but have not achieved minimum reliability and industrial standards yet. Laser material processing includes other processes such as laser hardening, polymer or dissimilar material laser welding and many rapid manufacturing processes.
This special issue invites the submission of high quality research articles related to recent research works and advances in laser material processes and systems, including control, monitoring, process modelling, etc.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Laser material procesing modelling
- Laser sources and equipment
- Laser material processing control and monitoring
- Material behaviour and mechanical testing of laser processed parts
- Remote welding and remote cutting processes
- Laser welding equipment and processing, including hybrid welding processes.
- Laser micro/nano technologies
Submission: 31 March, 2011