Lasers have now become an essential tool in the aerospace industry for a wide range of processes summarized in this paper. Laser drilling and laser cutting were the first processes to become established and are now widely used by all the major manufacturers although this technique is now moving into composites manufacture also. Laser welding is being introduced as confidence in this technique improves for safety critical welds. Laser surface preparation including laser cleaning and de-painting is finally moving through process development and will also be reviewed. One area where dramatic progress is being made is in the field of additive manufacturing and the fiber lasers used in this exciting application are introduced.
- Describe new developments in laser relevant to the aerospace industry
- Identify which laser processes are relevant for their products of interest
- Understand improvements in laser technology