Laser Material Processing: Section Introduction

Authored by: Subhash C. Singh , Chunlei Guo

Handbook of Laser Technology and Applications

Print publication date:  June  2021
Online publication date:  June  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138033320
eBook ISBN: 9781315310855
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Applications of lasers in materials processing, such as cutting, drilling, and welding, started right after the invention of the laser in 1960. Even before the laser was invented, focused electron beam-based sources were used for welding and other machining applications [1]; however, the discovery of lasers significantly increased the speed for the machining of workpiece. In the year 1962, just after the invention of laser, a range of industrial applications of lasers have been proposed, including cutting, welding, and fusing of metals; drilling of deep holes with precision; removal of materials from surface with precise locations; localized heat-induced control of chemical processes; localized sterilization of surfaces; and isotope separation [2].

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