Made easy with light: How lasers can make manufacturing structures out of fiber-reinforced thermoplastics efficient

Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 00:28 in Physics & Chemistry

Lightweight, sturdy and non-corrosive: fiber-reinforced thermoplastics are an ideal material for making boats and cars, and for aerospace engineering. But up to now, processing the raw materials was considered laborious and costly. Researchers have now demonstrated how lasers can make the manufacturing of structures out of fiber-reinforced thermoplastics efficient, clean, reliable and automatic.

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