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systems market is dominated by low-power fiber lasers in
marking and sealed-off CO2 lasers in engraving. The latter
employed in non-metal engraving are relatively secure from
fiber laser penetration due to wavelength compatibility issues.
Sustaining solid-state revenues is the rapid acceptance of ultrafast (or ultrashort-pulse) lasers operating in the megawatt-peak-power regime at pico- and femtosecond pulse widths
focused on applications in micromaterials processing, for ex-
ample, in processing components of smart phones and tablets—a market sector that seems to have an insatiable demand
for high-selling-price precision equipment. Fiber lasers operating at very short pulse widths are competing for a share of
this market, and some analysts speculate that microprocessing may be the next growth opportunity for these lasers. Some
studies place the near-term ultrafast pulse laser market at as
much as $450 million.
While on the subject of micromaterials processing, strong
growth in the field of laser additive manufacturing (AM) has
sparked increasing revenues for solid-state and fiber lasers.
Wohlers Associates (Fort Collins, CO) says AM grew by more
than 63% in 2013 with 37% of the revenues related to 3D
and AM parts for final products rather than prototyping. In a
survey of the aerospace supply industry regarding AM, 27% of
the companies are already using it; 10% expect to use it next
year; and 37% predict use in the next five years. As compa-
nies ‘push the limits’ of AM, laser-based processing will ride
the growth wave.
Macromaterials processing applications other than laser
cutting represent about 25% of the revenues for high-power
lasers. Leading revenue growth at 10% were fiber and CO2
lasers used in welding applications, mainly in the automotive
sector, and increasingly by Chinese auto makers. Fiber laser
suppliers expect welding to be an expanding market for spot
and remote operations in the coming years.
Summing up the 2014 markets for industrial lasers, marking grew 4%; micromaterials processing increased 14%; and
macromaterials processing expanded 8%. Overall laser sales
for materials processing grew 6%.
As cited earlier, the forecast for industrial lasers will follow the
same modest growth trend as the global machine tool industry.
After the G- 20 Summit in Australia in November 2014, British
Prime Minister David Cameron said, “Red lights are flashing
for the world economy.” The general consensus of industrial
laser and systems suppliers interviewed is that 2015 will be a