David Belforte

Contributing Editor

David Belforte (1932-2023) was an internationally recognized authority on industrial laser materials processing and had been actively involved in this technology for more than 50 years. His consulting business, Belforte Associates, served clients interested in advanced manufacturing applications. David held degrees in Chemistry and Production Technology from Northeastern University (Boston, MA). As a researcher, he conducted basic studies in material synthesis for high-temperature applications and held increasingly important positions with companies involved with high-technology materials processing. He co-founded a company that introduced several firsts in advanced welding technology and equipment. David's career in lasers started with the commercialization of the first industrial solid-state laser and a compact CO2 laser for sheet-metal cutting. For several years, he led the development of very high power CO2 lasers for welding and surface treating applications. In addition to consulting, David was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Industrial Laser Solutions magazine (1986-2022) and contributed to other laser publications, including Laser Focus World. He retired from Laser Focus World in late June 2022.

David Belforte
Laser community mourns the loss of an industry legend.
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David Belforte: Mourning the loss of an industrial laser legend

Aug. 9, 2023
Read below for a self-penned obituary found by his family.
David Belforte

Addio—that is, a personal goodbye

July 6, 2022
Taking a few moments to say thank you to everyone who helped along the way.
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How might economic sanctions against Russia impact industrial lasers?

March 2, 2022
I think many of us are very concerned about the political, economic, and social situation in Ukraine.