Light-based technologies are currently transforming every industrial sector, including aviation, medicine, automotive, research, biology, electronics, and many more. This process of up-heaval presents entrepreneurs with the perfect opportunity to make their mark with a single, brilliant idea.
Photonics and special laser technologies have turned generations of inventors and engineers into entrepreneurs. For years, we have been telling their stories and you can read about a selection of the most interesting and unusual here. And now a new era of entrepreneurs is emerging.
A Swiss start-up prints the most secure keys in the world: the Stealth Key. Alejandro Ojeda, cofounder of UrbanAlps, wonders why nobody else came up with the idea earlier.
Balthasar Fischer’s microphone relies not on a diaphragm, but a laser. This founder’s invention has caught the attention of enthusiastic researchers and entrepreneurs.
Phil Carroll saw the need for a specialist AM powder business viewing the process from the perspective of the powder. Seven years later he is taking control of the key challenger to AM – the devil particle.
Sex is a considerable problem in the dairy industry, because farmers want only female calves. Cather Simpson had a bright idea: use lasers to sort sperm cells. Read on to learn how her idea became a company.
Walter Sticht has been devising high-tech automations for the past 44 years. No laser systems ever passed muster with him – none of them suitable for automation. He has now changed his mind and is starting his latest enterprise.
Taiwan’s economic miracle is also a laser miracle. Dr. Fanghei Tsau, General Director of the Laser & Additive Manufacturing Technology Center at the ITRI, and his team is at the forefront.
The automotive industry has long enjoyed the benefits of lasers and rail vehicle manufacturers could follow suit. This was the thinking behind setting up Photon AG and its latest signature project is proof that this idea was spot on.
When it comes to using lasers for coating removal, no one has ever thought bigger than the founders of LCR Systems. The company is developing a method and the equipment required for removing paint from aircraft.
Prof. Ferdi Schüth, jury chairman for the German Future Prize, is convinced that the push for resource efficiency will become industry’s new innovation driver.
The boom in high-strength steels triggered a second boom — in job shops able to cut them. In Mexico, Gerardo Oaxaca was one of the people who forged his own success.
Bernhard Lang’s customers reap some real competitive advantages from the ingenious packaging he creates using CO2 lasers.
How do you get a high-tech company off the ground? We asked someone who should know: Jörg Jetter, who took a strategic approach to launching his company 4JET Technologies and is always expanding into new markets.
Dr. Peter Leibinger, Vice-Chairman of the Managing Board of the TRUMPF Group, on the meaning of digital photonics.