Proceedings Paper • Open AccessLasers and applied optics course for industrial personnel
Lasers are now critical components in many automated manufacturing systems due to the development of bigger, faster, and more easily-controllable lasers, to the improved understanding of the laser-material interaction, and to advances in fixturing and numerical control. As training courses in industrial laser applications technology are not widespread in engineering undergraduate curricula, management and production-line personnel are not familiar with this rapidly-evolving technology and this may act as a brake on its implementation. A training course for industrial personnel is described the purpose of which is to provide an overview of laser and associated technology. The course is comprised of lectures, video segments, case studies of laser applications in industry and demonstrations of a range of lasers being used for various tasks.