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Latest Issue
Oct 2016

Photonics’ Potential Unleashed

JAMES SCHLETT, EDITOR, james.schlett@photonics.com


James SchlettThe thing about potential is that even if it is always present, it may not be realized until the right circumstances arise. Lasers, for example, have been acknowledged as a viable joining technology. However, as detailed in our cover story (read article), “Laser Welding Joins the Lightweighting Trend,” it took the U.S. government’s imposition of stricter gas-mileage standards on automakers to compel them to more readily embrace lasers for the welding of lightweight aluminum panels for car bodies. Similarly, lidar has been recognized as an invaluable asset to mapping. But it was only after the cost of this technology came down and simultaneous location and mapping algorithms became advanced enough that mobile industrial robots managed to leave physical paths established by painted lines or magnetic tape and become truly autonomous, as Spencer Allen of Aethon explains in “Robots With Laser and Vision Systems Conquer New Industrial Terrain,” (read article).

In “Software Reinvents Machine Vision,” (read article), Pleora Technologies’ Mojtaba Hosseini details how cloud computing is unleashing the potential of machine vision systems and making them available to more manufacturers. And in “Two-Photon Polymerization: Additive Manufacturing from the Inside Out,” (read article), Newport’s Tommaso Baldacchini, Matthew Price and Phong Dinh highlight how the growing demand for microstructured materials is driving the advancement two-photon polymerization. Complementing this technical feature article is “Laser Quality Matters in Additive Manufacturing,” (read article), by Ophir-Spiricon’s Kevin Kirkham.

We hope the insights you find in this issue help you unleash your potential, too.
Karen Newman Group Publisher Karen Newman has had a career in business-to-business and association publishing, much of it spent covering technical, scientific and life sciences subjects.
Mike Wheeler Michael D. Wheeler is managing editor of Photonics Spectra and EuroPhotonics. In addition, he is responsible for the editorial direction of BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics.
Justine Murphy Senior Editor Justine Murphy is a multiple award-winning journalist who brings more than 15 years of experience to her role at Photonics Media.
James Schlett James Schlett is the editor of BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics. He is also an author and award-winning business reporter.
 
Hank Hogan Contributing editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Hogan worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody Contributing editor Marie Freebody is a free-lance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Valerie Coffey Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
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