GSI and TWI develop welding laser

A 10kW welding laser which uses a single fibre-optic beam has been developed by manufacturing systems maker GSI Lumonics. Created in partnership with welding and joining researcher TWI, the technology gives penetration depths of 15mm in steels and speeds in excess of 10m/minute in thinner materials. Both organisations are looking for companies to come forward to help pioneer the industrial application of the technology.