Emerging Materials and Devices Report

The global market for fiber lasers will be $8.9 billion by 2028

Fiber Lasers 2018-2028: Technologies, Opportunities, Markets & Forecasts

Innovations in material processing; emerging applications in sensing & healthcare

Brand new for June 2018

Following a period of dedicated research by expert analysts, IDTechEx have published a report that provides a unique insight into the global fiber laser market. This report is ideal for existing or prospective laser suppliers, system integrators and end-users who are interested in the fiber laser market dynamics and related technology innovations. Importantly, the report offers an unbiased analysis of primary data gathered via our interviews with key players, and this builds on our expertise in laser end-user technologies such as electric vehicles and sensors.
Fiber lasers are compact and energy efficient laser systems that offer the best beam quality for applications where precision is important. As the technology is based on an optical fiber, the absence of free-space optics and mechanical components provides excellent system stability and long product lifetime. Directing the laser radiation to the point of application via an optical fiber ensures safe operation for humans and simplicity of integration into robotics. Hence, in a diverse range of industries, replacing conventional laser or non-laser technologies with fiber lasers can maximize process speed and precision while minimizing operation costs. Some examples of end-user industries that can benefit from the adoption of fiber laser technologies are highlighted below.
Examples of end-user industries that can benefit from the widespread adoption of fiber laser technologies. Source: IDTechEx
Inside a fiber laser, rare-earth metal dopants function as the gain medium and determine the output wavelength. 1-micron, 1.5-micron and 2-micron are the common infra-red (IR) wavelength bands optimized for applications in material processing, sensing and healthcare. Mid-IR supercontinuum (broadband) laser sources and visible light frequency-multiplied laser sources are also available for specialist applications in sensing and healthcare, respectively. Fiber lasers can easily achieve multi-kilowatt average output powers or function as ultrafast pulsed energy sources depending on the system architecture. The chart below illustrates the addressable market for fiber lasers.
The addressable market for fiber lasers. Commercialized products and emerging technologies are indicated according to the legend. Material processing, sensing and healthcare are the three market segments covered by IDTechEx Research. Source: IDTechEx
Material Processing: Sustained Progress and Innovation
Fiber lasers have a large share in the laser material processing market. However, ongoing technology innovations led by key suppliers such as IPG Photonics (USA) enable fiber lasers to further replace competing laser and non-laser technologies. Based on extensive discussions with industry experts, IDTechEx have concluded that recent advances in fiber laser welding and 3D printing are highly important to lightweighting in automotive and aerospace manufacturing.
Sensing: Revolutionary Developments
Commercial applications of fiber lasers in sensing are typically limited to high-precision LiDAR for terrestrial mapping, range finding and wind sensing. IDTechEx have identified significant evidence of key players preparing to enter the automotive market by optimizing fiber laser LiDAR for autonomous vehicles. IDTechEx also expect emerging fiber laser technologies to have a significant impact on gas sensing and structural health monitoring within the next decade.
Healthcare: Towards Commercialization
Fiber lasers can offer wavelengths that are an excellent match to novel fluorescent markers and biological molecules. Key players collaborate with research institutes to optimize fiber laser systems for applications in biomedical imaging and medical surgery. IDTechEx have identified several emerging technologies that are expected to enter the healthcare market segment within the next decade.
Report Structure
In this report, Dr Nilushi Wijeyasinghe explores how recent fiber laser technology developments affect the growth of key market segments. She draws on her research experience in laser physics and materials physics in the discussion of novel technical concepts. Meanwhile, the advantages and challenges associated with technology trends are assessed to provide a balanced outlook on market opportunities, and recent progress is highlighted using case studies. Market forecasts are based on the extensive analysis of primary and secondary data, combined with careful consideration of market drivers, restraints and key player activities.
Technology topics covered in depth by this report:
  • Fiber laser welding: automotive, aerospace, battery
  • Fiber laser metal deposition (3D printing)
  • Automotive LiDAR systems based on fiber lasers
  • High-value fiber laser sensing
  • Fiber lasers as a tool for biomedical imaging and medical surgery
Market analysis provided by this report:
  • Market structure and growth: 10-year forecasts by application segment and geography
  • Material processing market growth: 10-year forecast by segment division
  • Price and production: 10-year forecasts
  • Key players: historical trends and company profiles
  • Fiber laser technology roadmap for 2018-2028
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Table of Contents
1.1.Fiber Laser Light Amplification & Wavelength Bands
1.2.Addressable Market
1.3.Fiber Laser Value Chain: Key Players
1.4.Fiber Laser Welding: SWOT Analysis
1.5.Fiber Laser 3D Printing of Metals: SWOT Analysis
1.6.Fiber Laser Automotive LiDAR: Industry Perspectives
1.7.Fiber Laser Automotive LiDAR: SWOT Analysis
1.8.Fiber Lasers for Medical Applications: SWOT Analysis
1.9.LiDAR & Medical Technology Adoption Roadmap
1.10.Global Fiber Laser Market Forecast
1.11.Global LiDAR & Medical Fiber Laser Market Forecast
1.12.Global Material Processing Market Forecast
1.13.Market Forecast by Geography
1.14.Fiber Laser Unit Price Forecast
2.1.Comparison of Lasers & LEDs
2.2.Overview of Laser Operating Principles
2.3.Laser Types: Diode, Fiber, Solid-State, Disk & Gas
2.4.Properties of Optical Fibers
2.5.Fiber Laser Optical Cavity
2.6.Fiber Laser Light Amplification & Wavelength Bands
2.7.Example System: Erbium-Doped Fiber Laser
2.8.Diode Laser Pump Stacking
2.9.Laser Beam Characteristics: Key Parameters
2.10.Effects of Pulse Duration in Pulsed Laser Systems
2.11.Master Oscillator Fiber Amplifier Concept
2.12.High-Precision Optics for Laser Systems
2.13.Optical Components: Transmission Spectrum
2.14.Optical Components: Laser Damage Limitation
3.1.Addressable Market
3.2.Fiber Laser Value Chain: Key Players
3.3.Key Fiber Laser Suppliers
3.4.Key End User Industries for Material Processing
3.5.New Products from Key Players: Part I
3.6.New Products from Key Players: Part II
3.7.Opportunities for Fiber Lasers
3.8.Challenges for Fiber Lasers
4.1.Laser Welding: Automotive Industry
4.1.1.Laser Welding: Alternative to Resistance Spot Welding
4.1.2.Fiber Laser Welding: SWOT Analysis
4.1.3.Laser Welding of Lightweight Metal Structures
4.1.4.Trifocal Beam Process for Vehicle Body Welding
4.1.5.Wobble Beam Process for Battery Welding
4.1.6.IPG Photonics: Wobble Beam Welding Patent
4.1.7.Brazing Process to Minimize Aluminium Cracking
4.1.8.Challenges in Laser Welding of Composites
4.1.9.Transmission Laser Welding of Plastics & Composites
4.1.10.Wobble Beam Welding of Plastics
4.1.11.Vacuum Laser Welding of High-Value Components
4.1.12.Automation: Welding Depth Control
4.1.13.Automation: Laser Welding Industry 4.0
4.1.14.Automation: Robotic Fiber Laser Welding
4.1.15.Health Risks of Laser Generated Fumes
4.2.Laser Welding: Aerospace Industry
4.2.1.Laser Welding of Engine Components
4.2.2.Laser Welding of Rocket Engine Nozzle
4.2.3.Development of Fiber Laser Welding Capabilities
4.2.4.Laser Welding of Titanium Matrix Composite Structures
4.3.3D Printing of Metals
4.3.1.Fiber Laser 3D Printing of Metals: SWOT Analysis
4.3.2.Cost Reduction in Selective Laser Melting
4.3.3.Selective Laser Melting for Micromachining Applications
4.3.4.Ultrafast Pulsed 3D Printing Process
4.3.5.Wire-Fed Laser Metal Deposition
5.1.LiDAR for Autonomous Vehicles: Automotive Industry
5.1.1.LiDAR Technologies & Applications
5.1.2.Solid-State LiDAR Technology Trend
5.1.3.Operating Principles of Automotive LiDAR
5.1.4.LiDAR Light Source: Diode Laser or Fiber Laser
5.1.5.Alternatives to LiDAR Systems
5.1.6.Fiber Laser Automotive LiDAR: SWOT Analysis
5.1.7.Fiber Laser Automotive LiDAR: Industry Perspectives
5.1.8.Luminar: Fiber Laser LiDAR Product
5.1.9.Luminar: Automotive LiDAR Patent
5.1.10.Luminar: Automotive LiDAR Demonstration
5.1.11.Toyota: Autonomous Vehicle with Fiber Laser LiDAR
5.1.12.Google: Fiber Laser LiDAR Development
5.1.13.Google & Waymo: Automotive LiDAR Patent
5.1.14.O-Net: Fiber Laser LiDAR Investment in China
5.1.15.O-Net: Fiber Laser Product Launch
5.1.16.Keopsys Quantel: High-Performance 3D Scanning
5.2.High-Value Sensing Applications
5.2.1.Mid-IR Supercontinuum Fiber Lasers
5.2.2.Remote Multi-Species Gas Sensing
5.2.3.Disaster Management: LiDAR Vibration Measurement
5.2.4.Structural Health Monitoring of Vehicles & Infrastructure
5.2.5.Oil & Gas: Hydrocarbon Exploration & Production
5.2.6.Wind Sensing: LiDAR for Wind Turbines & Aerospace
6.1.Biomedical Imaging & Diagnostics: Multiphoton Microscopy
6.1.1.Multiphoton Medical Imaging
6.1.2.Mouse Hippocampus Imaging Tests
6.1.3.Retinal Disease Diagnostics
6.1.4.Cost-Effective Laser for Two Photon Microscopy
6.1.5.Development of New Lasers for Three Photon Microscopy
6.2.Medical Treatment & Surgery
6.2.1.Fiber Lasers for Medical Applications: SWOT Analysis
6.2.2.Photocoagulation Eye Surgery for Diabetic Damage
6.2.3.Vision Correction
6.2.4.Endoscopic Surgery: Laser Ablation of Soft Tissue
6.2.5.Kidney Stone Ablation
6.2.6.Skin Rejuvenation
6.2.7.Dentistry: Dental Implant Production & Gum Regeneration
7.1.Market Analysis of Key Players
7.1.1.IPG Photonics: Fiber Laser Revenue Growth
7.1.2.IPG Photonics: High-Power & Low-Power Fiber Lasers
7.1.3.IPG Photonics: Revenue Growth by Fiber Laser Application
7.1.4.IPG Photonics: Material Processing
7.1.5.IPG Photonics: Medical & LiDAR
7.1.6.IPG Photonics: Growth by Geography
7.1.7.IPG Photonics: Chinese Laser Market Growth
7.1.8.SPI Lasers: Revenue Growth
7.1.9.SPI Lasers: Growth by Geography
7.1.10.Maxphotonics: Revenue Growth
7.1.11.Trumpf: Revenue Growth
7.1.12.Coherent & Rofin: Revenue Growth
7.2.Market Size & Growth 2018-2028
7.2.1.Fiber Lasers Market Size & Key Players
7.2.2.Forecast Methodology: Data Collection
7.2.3.Forecast Methodology: Laser Market Considerations
7.2.4.Forecast Methodology: Key Player Considerations
7.2.5.Materials Processing: Prospects & Market Drivers
7.2.6.LiDAR & Sensing: Prospects & Market Drivers
7.2.7.Medical: Prospects & Market Drivers
7.2.8.LiDAR & Medical Technology Adoption Roadmap
7.2.9.Global Fiber Laser Market Forecast
7.2.10.Growth of Fiber Laser Market Segments
7.2.11.Global LiDAR & Medical Fiber Laser Market Forecast
7.2.12.Global Material Processing Market Forecast
7.2.13.Growth of Material Processing Market Segments
7.2.14.Market Forecast by Geography
7.2.15.Growth of Regional Fiber Laser Market Segments
7.2.16.Fiber Laser Unit Price 2017
7.2.17.Global Production Volume Forecast
7.2.18.Fiber Laser Unit Price Forecast
8.1.Appendix 1: IPG Photonics Financial Data
8.2.Appendix 2: IPG Photonics Financial Data
8.3.Appendix 3: SPI Lasers Financial Data
8.4.Appendix 4: Maxphotonics & Trumpf Financial Data
8.5.Appendix 5: Coherent & Rofin Financial Data
8.6.Appendix 6: Fiber Lasers Market Size & Key Players
8.7.Appendix 7: Global Fiber Laser Market Forecast
8.8.Appendix 8: Global Fiber Laser Market Forecast
8.9.Appendix 9: Global Fiber Laser Market Forecast
9.2.Cybel, LLC
9.3.Lumibird (previously Keopsys Quantel)
9.4.MWTechnologies, LDA
9.6.NP Photonics
9.7.SPI Lasers Limited
9.8.IPG Photonics
9.10.Shenzhen JPT
9.12.Wuhan Raycus

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