Laser machines with brains learn something new every day

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Nowadays small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can afford lasers, but they often lack the capacity and know-how to optimally fine tune them, especially when applications change frequently. The BMBF joint project DIPOOL, in which four industrial companies and two research institutes are jointly developing two demonstrators for laser cutting and laser welding, is focusing on laser machines with brains. Technology reporter Nikolaus Fecht learned about the role played by AI and minimally invasive modulation technology from Dr. Dirk Petring of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen.