Laser Materials Processing
by Leonard Migliore


  • The generation and propagation of laser beams
  • The fundamentals of the interactions between light and materials
  • Details of the major industrial processes of cutting, welding, heat treating and cladding
  • State, federal and overseas regulations concerning laser safety

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Book Review
Excerpts reprinted from The Welding Journal, October 1996
By Hallock C. Campbell

Laser Materials Processing, (VOL.46, Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Processing Series), edited by Leonard R. Migliore; hardcover copyright 1996 by Marcel Dekker, Inc., ISBN 0-8247-9714-0; price $135

"Migliore, who is modestly listed as editor on the flyleaf of this instructive 20-year review, is the sole author of six of its ten chapters. The back cover duly notes his membership in the American Welding Society" among other organizations;" also his B.S.Me.E. degree from Columbia University College of Engineering and Applied Science."—

—"Editor Migliore's six chapters review basic laser principles: Operation (Chapter 1), "Real-World" laser beams (Chapter 3); Laser Interaction with Materials (Chapter 4); Laser Cutting (Chapter 6); Welding (Chapter 7) and Heat Treatment (Chapter 8). Lasers to Migliore are manufacturing tools, well beyond the laboratory devices you and I may have thought we understood."

"The book's last chapter reminds us that lasers became "industrial" late in the 1970s. Today, carbon dioxide lasers and Nd:YAG lasers (neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet) are commonplace for soldering, welding and for trimming resistors in the electronic industry. Likewise, continuous wave (CW) argon lasers and ruby lasers are well established."—

—"Migliore in Chapter 3 summarizes metallurgic concerns familiar to welding engineers for steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, nickel-based alloys, and titanium (in ten beautiful pages)."—

—"Excellent sketches illustrated fit-ups and alignment of butt joints, T-joints and lap joints. A table of advantages and disadvantages compares laser welding with electron beam welding, plasma arc welding, resistance welding, brazing, and adhesive bonding."—

ISBN 0-8247-9714-0
Publisher: Marcel Dekker, Inc.
Price: $135.00
336 pages, illustrated
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