NEWS FROM LIA The vanguard for information on laser technology

We caught up with LIA’s executive director, Dr Nathaniel Quick, to discuss topics ranging from his early experiences with the organisation, to challenges still hindering the adoption of laser materials processing

When did you first come into contact with the LIA, and how do you think the organisation has developed since then? In the late 1980s, I was involved with developing a direct-write laser technology for the rapid prototyping of keypads and circuit boards at a Bell Labs satellite facility. A subcontractor was used in this R&D effort to process lab samples and prototypes necessary to speed the entry of new telephony technologies. This subcontractor, Laser Fare, was

a corporate member of LIA. Their CEO gave us a foundation for understanding the exchanges between technology development and professional networking, something I am excited to see become an integral part of the new LIA. During this period, LIA promoted laser rapid prototyping and new laser techniques and applications for materials processing through publications, which as a materials scientist/engineer were my areas of interest – and still are. Around the same time, after

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setting up my own company, I was invited to participate in an ASM International symposium to present work on using laser energy to selectively convert wide bandgap materials, (advanced semiconductors and ceramics) into either a conductor, semiconductor, or insulator. The session chair, Dr Aravinda Kar, was a member of LIA and encouraged me to become a member also. To this day, we still work closely together on events such as ICALEO. Since my first encounter, LIA has

expanded delivery of value to the general laser materials processing community, including laser systems developers and users, by developing and sharing knowledge and know-how, catalysing invention and innovation, facilitating networking/relationships and facilitating professional development. LIA is dedicated to continuous improvement in value delivery.

Why is the presence and growth of industry organisations such as LIA important for the progression of laser materials processing? As the hub for thought leaders and innovators in laser applications and safety to exchange ideas, we are able to serve as the vanguard for disseminating information on cutting-edge laser-materials processing technologies and provide forums for exploring their applications. Our conferences, workshops and media content allow a preliminary review and analysis of these new technologies and applications by industry experts. Organisations like ours provide a unique opportunity for users, researchers,


manufacturers, and safety professionals from across the globe to interface about the laser topics that affect them all; together they identify industry challenges, solve industry problems, and inspire one another with their innovative ideas. In addition to supporting the professional

community, we promote research through our peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Laser Applications, and we promote the safe use of lasers through education and standards development activities. These

“LIA has expanded delivery of value to the general laser materials processing community”

capabilities make LIA relevant to the progression of laser materials processing and its applications.

Your company has benefited greatly from having the LIA available as a resource. What would be your advice to others also looking to use the organisation this way? The first thing to do is to become a member of LIA. This membership opens opportunities to network with other members who have resources that assist in their projects. The LIA also provides resources through its network to introduce new users to laser processing data, technologies and facilities, so they can quickly undertake experiments and testing to evaluate the appropriateness of laser technology for their application. We also encourage our members to


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