Vancouver, WA 98665


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5408 NE 88th St
Bldg E
Vancouver, WA 98665
United States

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Vertically integrated supplier of high-performance lasers which enable innovations in materials processing, defense and medical applications. Develops and manufactures direct diode and fiber lases based on industry-leading semiconductor laser technology.



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FIGURE 1. An example of laser cutting 50-mm-thick materials.
Laser Processing

Ultrahigh-power laser cutting continues growth path

The laser cutting market occupies the largest share among many industrial applications. In recent years, laser cutting has seen considerable growth in parallel to the increased...
FIGURE 1. An AFX laser incorporates all-fiber beam shaping, which allows rapid switching of the output beam size and shape. The beam profile can be tuned between true single-mode and a ring, plus a variety of shapes in between. When interacting with the workpiece, ring- and saddle-shaped beams create significantly less soot and spatter.
Laser Processing

Ring beams change the game for powder-bed fusion

Fiber beam shaping plays a key role on the path to laser powder-bed fusion for additive manufacturing of metals.
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Executive Forum

What's next for the competitive laser market?

nLight’s CEO shares his company’s inspirational story and an outlook for the future of photonics.
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Laser Focus World announces 2021 Innovators Awards

For the fourth straight year, Laser Focus World held its Innovators Awards program, which celebrates the disparate and innovative technologies, products, and systems found in ...
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Industrial Laser Solutions

Laser beam shaping for battery welding

Single-mode and ring beam welding examples for copper and aluminum battery applications are compared.
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Laser Focus World announces 2019 Innovators Awards

For the second year, Laser Focus World held its Innovators Awards program, which celebrates the disparate and innovative technologies, products, and systems found in the photonics...
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Lasers & Sources

LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019 exhibition to showcase latest in photonics

Here at Laser Focus World, we reached out to companies to learn ahead of time what photonics products and technologies they will be demonstrating on the exhibit floor.
FIGURE 1. Shown at left is the fiber cross-section (top) and refractive index profile (bottom) for a feeding fiber with three guiding regions. Simulations (right) show the beam profile coupled into the guiding regions for different perturbation conditions. The beam homogenizes azimuthally as it propagates in the fiber.
Lasers & Sources

High-power Fiber Lasers: Fiber laser has all-fiber tunable beam quality

A newly developed fiber laser provides real-time tunability of beam characteristics directly from the laser output fiber using an all-fiber mechanism.
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Industrial Laser Solutions

Fiber laser technology improves metal cutting

Tunable beam quality enables optimized cutting of thin and thick metal.

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Executive Forum

Photonics Business Moves: December 1, 2023

Here are the top four photonics business moves that made headlines during the week ending December 1, 2023.
Lasers & Sources

nLIGHT IPO filing sets the stage for another publicly traded laser company

Maker of high-power semiconductor and fiber lasers has registered with the U.S. SEC.
FIGURE 1. High-power semiconductor laser brilliance and Moore’s Law are compared.
Lasers & Sources

Laser Diodes: The power of brilliance — the past and future of high-power semiconductor lasers

With continuously improving efficiency and power, laser diodes will continue to displace legacy technologies, both changing the way things are made and enabling new things to ...
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FIGURE 1. The cylindrical surface of a bore for an automobile engine is micromachined using a 2 kW single-mode fiber laser from IPG Photonics, then sprayed with plasma to create a hard coating that replaces conventional cylinder liners. Laser-machined microgrooves help the resulting coating to adhere to the cylinder.
Lasers & Sources

Photonics Products: High-power Fiber Lasers: Kilowatt-level fiber lasers mature

Today's high-power CW fiber lasers have become naturals at reliable, capable materials processing.
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Lasers & Sources

nLIGHT fiber laser offers high beam quality for cutting and welding

The alta fiber laser is available in powers from 500 W to 1 kW.
FIGURE 1. Chirally coupled core (3C) optical fiber mode propagation (a), a 33 μm core-diameter fiber image (b), simulated modal loss vs. wavelength for the two lowest fiber modes (c), and mode beat analysis for well-aligned and offset 33 μm fibers are shown. A spectral beating analysis that looks at the magnitude of fiber mode beating as a function of misalignment of a launched signal shows effectively no beat, indicating high-purity single-mode operation.
Fiber Optics

Fiber Lasers: 3C optical fibers improve large-mode-area MOPA designs

Chirally coupled core (3C) optical fibers allow large-mode areas, near-diffraction-limited beam quality, and effectively zero modal pointing, owing to designed-in higher-order...
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Lasers & Sources

SOLID-STATE LASERS: VBG upper-state pumping benefits DPSS lasers

Properly optimized volume Bragg grating (VBG)-based upper-state laser diode pumping leads to performance and power improvements for diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers.

nLIGHT raises $17.5 million to accelerate semiconductor laser growth

Vancouver, WA--nLIGHT Corporation received $17.5 million in fully subscribed Series E financing to support its high-power semiconductor laser technologies.
Major manufacturers in North America and Europe drive segmentation of the global laser-diode market.
Lasers & Sources

Geographic trends will shift in global laser-diode market

The worldwide laser-diode market can best be described as an oligopoly; an industry of many, controlled by a few.