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BAE Systems Webinar on Laser Welding

Webinars 24 June 2021

BAE Systems Exclusive Webinar: 
Laser Welding and Laser Surface Engineering Capabilities at TWI to Support Next-Generation Manufacturing

Laser technologies have enabled an incredibly versatile toolkit of processes for virtually every industry sector on the globe today. Processes first established in the 1960s, such as laser welding and laser cutting, have been augmented in more recent decades by new processes such as laser micromachining, laser cleaning and laser surface texturing. Developments in both the more traditional processes, such as live process monitoring with the potential for closed loop feedback control, and the introduction of higher power ultrashort pulsed lasers for higher throughput surface processing, are further strengthening the use of lasers in engineering solutions.This webinar will discuss TWI’s scope and offerings in the fields of laser welding and laser surface engineering, and touch on new developments within these fields that may be of interest to BAE Systems to integrate into their own processes, both now and into the future.

Continuing Professional Development 

TWI awards points towards CPD for delegates attending this webinar. Every hour attendance of a webinar will earn 2 points towards your continuing professional development.

Please contact Becki Parratt if you require a certificate of attendance towards your continuing professional development.  


Andy J Wilson - Senior Project Leader, Laser Surface Engineering and Laser Processing of Polymers

Andy J Wilson

Senior Project Leader, Laser Surface Engineering and Laser Processing of Polymers

Dr. Andy J Wilson is a Senior Project Leader in the Laser and Sheet Processes Section at TWI Ltd having joined TWI as an EngD research engineer in 2011 and becoming a project leader in 2015.

He has a BEng (Hons) in Automotive Materials from Loughborough University and an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) from the University of Surrey on ‘The Influence Of Laser Parameters on the Surface Processing of Materials’.

Andy has over 10 years of experience in ultrashort pulsed laser processing for ablation, surfacing and microprocessing and has managed a wide range of industry projects. Particular specialisations are in laser surface modification of polymers for enhanced adhesion, inducing superhydrophobicity of metals via laser texturing, and laser ablation of complex geometries on multiple material types using nanosecond and picosecond pulsed lasers.

Chris Allen - Principal Project Leader- Laser Welding

Chris Allen

Principal Project Leader- Laser Welding

Dr. Chris Allen is a Principal Project Leader in the Laser and Sheet Processes Section at TWI Ltd, having joined TWI in 2002.

He has an MA (Hons) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and, after working in civil engineering in Hong Kong during a gap year, a Doctorate from the University of Oxford. This specialised in calorimetric and electron microscopy studies of the nucleation of intermetallic phases during solidification of 1xxx series aluminium casting alloys, and was supported by Alcan.

Dr James Smith - DefenceManager

Dr James Smith


James Smith is TWI’s Defence Manager with a broad remit to ensure TWI’s defence members realise the full value of their membership. This includes facilitating interactions with TWI’s technology groups and representing TWI at The UK Government level. After spending nearly 5 years leading Rolls-Royce’s zirconium corrosion activities, James knows first-hand the key drivers for TWI’s defence members. Since joining TWI in early 2019 James has seen a 50% plus increase in defence member projects undertaken at TWI.

James holds a PhD from The University of Manchester in zirconium corrosion and a Masters in Chemistry from The University of Sheffield. Away from work, James can regularly be found on the golf course or rowing boats in Cambridge.

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