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Laser Fabrication and Machining of Materials


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Fundamentals of Laser Processing

  3. Laser Machining

  4. Laser Fabrication

    1. Pages 291-352
    2. Pages 412-447
  5. Special Topics in Laser Processing

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 551-558

About this book


Laser machining is an emerging area with a wide variety of applications, ranging from bulk machining in metal forming to micromachining and microstructuring in electronics and biomedical applications. The unique properties of lasers allow for use in flexible manufacturing techniques such as laser-assisted mechanical machining (LAM) and laser-assisted chemical machining (LCM). Laser Fabrication and Machining of Materials provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles and emerging applications of lasers related to material removal and forming processes, and also provides a link between advanced materials and advanced processing and manufacturing techniques.

Laser Fabrication and Machining of Materials introduces readers to the fundamental properties and physical phenomena of laser machining and its applications on the macro, micro, and nano scales. Examples of existing, emerging, and potential techniques are discussed, giving students and practicing engineers alike the opportunity to expand their use of lasers in such disciplines as mechanical processes, electronics, materials, and manufacturing.


Rapid Prototyping basics cutting electronics grinding interference laser machining manufacturing metal

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringThe University of TennesseeKnoxville
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringThe University of TennesseeKnoxville

About the authors

Narendra B. Dahotre is a Professor with joint appointment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is also Chairman of the Center for Laser Applications at the University of Tennessee Space Institute-Tullahoma. Dr. Dahotre is author, co-author of over 80 technical articles and editor of 11 technical books. He holds 15 US patents in laser materials processing. He has organized 12 symposia and conferences in the area of Surface Engineering and High Temperature Coatings. He has successfully conducted several research projects funded by government and private industry in the field of laser surface engineering. His current research continues to be in laser based surface engineering. He is a member of TMS, ASM, SME, and AAAS. He is a joint Chair of the Surface Engineering Committee of TMS and a member of ASM international Surface Engineering Task Force.

Bibliographic information

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From the reviews:

"Dahotre and Harimkar … have prepared a comprehensive, well-written reference on laser machining. … The authors have successfully balanced the principles and physics of thermal processes with sufficient applied mathematics that does not overwhelm the reader. A fair knowledge of partial differential equations with emphasis on the diffusion equation in semi-infinite domains is helpful. The book provides an up-to-date bibliography that is immensely helpful for researchers in laser fabrications, ranging from macroscales to nanoscales. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above." (R. N. Laoulache, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (10), June, 2008)