On June 5, 2018, IPG hosted the company’s first FiberForum at the new applications facility located in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The facility is home to the east coast applications team and is the regional center for demonstration of IPG lasers, beam delivery components and fully-integrated systems representing IPG’s extensive product range.
“FiberForum” is the name given to the combined educational and open house event that comprises a technical seminar and hands-on demonstrations of new laser processing techniques. This FiberForum was focused on laser welding and provided an understanding of the reasons for the explosive growth in the use of lasers in manufacturing, a review of laser technologies and overview of best-practice laser welding techniques. Two customer presentations provided case studies in practical implementations of replacing legacy technologies with advanced fiber laser processing alternatives. Featured demonstrations allowed visitors to delve deeper into the following application processes:
- Micro-welding for medical parts
- Wobble-welding of dissimilar metals
- Titanium alloy I-beam fabrication
- Cladding and laser additive manufacturing
The educational theme continued over lunch with visitors able to join tables hosting discussions on the different laser technology themes embodied in the demonstrations. IPG laser processing specialists provided both high-level insights and answered customers’ specific applications processing questions.