Orlando, FL-The Laser Institute of America has just published its 715-page "LIA Handbook of Laser Materials Processing," a comprehensive work covering virtually all laser materials processes.
The handbook is aimed at being the definitive reference in industrial and research environments and provides information such as comparing laser with nonlaser processes, costs, and selection of lasers and components. Applications discussed include rapid prototyping, welding, link cutting, materials, and industrial applications. In addition to specific processes, there is data and information on lasers, optical components, monitoring, technology comparisons. Set-up information and guidelines on selecting lasers and obtaining necessary wavelengths is also included.
For more information go to www.laserinstitute.org. The website has a page for commentary from handbook readers and updates.
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