Laser technology, while groundbreaking, is becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Cutting-edge light detection technology has contributed to archaeologists’ discovery of lost cities and TSA checkpoint attendants’ identification of dangerous objects. Therapeutic tools can now repair nerve damage and continue to enhance precision in surgery. Laser processing can truly be found everywhere.
The versatility of laser technology bodes well for industry forecasts. Lasers now appear in a variety of industries, including aerospace, microelectronics, industrial, and medical. In applications demanding extreme precision, laser welding, cutting, and drilling offer unparalleled capabilities for high strength materials.
With decades of proven success since their introduction in 1965, lasers have established themselves as a highly efficient, cost-effective method of material processing. As this technology continues to advance, lasers emerge as invaluable tools for diverse applications and industries.
Expanding the Technology Market
There are endless possibilities for laser technology applications, as well as new uses. In the travel industry, researchers have developed quantum cascade lasers to scan objects at airport security checkpoints in fractions of a second. In interstellar space travel, powerful laser beams stationed on Earth could help push spacecraft thousands of times faster than rockets during launch.
In the medical industry, laser technology helps ophthalmologists remove cataracts more precisely and effectively, and research is currently underway to determine the effectiveness of femtosecond laser technology in correcting astigmatism. Meanwhile, biotech companies are developing laser technology that targets and destroys cancer cells, acting as an alternative to chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery.
The industrial sector frequently uses lasers to cut plastic for automotive assemblies. The high efficiency and precision offered by laser cutting, drilling, and welding also helps to make cars lighter and more fuel-efficient. The microelectronics industry relies on this enhanced precision to cut ceramic substrates for hybrid circuits, chips, and microelectronic devices.
One of the most recent breakthroughs in laser technology even helped archaeologists discover a lost civilization in Cambodia. Lidar (light detection and ranging) is an airborne laser scanning technology that helped researchers “cut” through the jungle to map data points and pinpoint the exact remains of structures in great detail.
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These are just some of the many examples of how laser technology is expanding to meet the needs of every industry. For almost 40 years, Laserage Technology Corporation has been a leader in laser contract manufacturing across a variety of industries and applications. Our facilities are equipped with a team of 160 experienced employees operating over 60 laser systems, which are comprised of more than 90 lasers.
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