Shine a light - research centre unveils giant laser

Mathew Challinor (NC programmer) and Terry Turner (machining technician) with a 15kW Laserline fibre-coupled diode laser at the AMRC
Mathew Challinor (NC programmer) and Terry Turner (machining technician) with a 15kW Laserline fibre-coupled diode laser at the AMRC
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Just don’t say: “No Mr Bond, I expect you to die!”

One of the most powerful lasers available has been installed at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The 15kW Laserline fibre-coupled diode laser is controlled by a gantry-mounted robot arm, inside a safely enclosed cell measuring 10 metres square. Mathew Challinor, NC programmer, left, and Terry Turner, machining technician, are pictured admiring it.

The laser can rapidly coat large areas of metal with a high quality layer of speciality alloy. It can potentially revolutionise the production of pressure vessels by cutting production time from weeks to hours.