Read more about scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), who for the last three years have been collecting data on the most fundamental aspects of laser welding.
A behind-the-scenes look at some of the work that has gone into NIST's laser welding program, whose goal is to understand how laser welding works on a fundamental level. Watch a high-power laser melt brick into glass, and see steel stretch like chewing gum in a weld strength test, as NIST scientists explain how this work might someday help manufacturers make medical devices, cars, airplanes, laptops, cell phones, and more. Video by: Jennifer Lauren Lee/NIST. Music credit: Blue Dot Sessions (CC BY-NC 4.0) and Kevin MacLeod (CC BY 3.0). Photo credit: Paul Williams/NIST