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Project: 407 #U522

A state-of-the-art review on high power laser technology in Canada has been conducted. The scope of laser technology in materials processing industries in Canada has been examined. A survey has been carried out to identify the current applications of high power lasers in materials processing industries. The impediments to the development of high power lasers and acceptance of lasers in material processing industries were examined. Potential applications of lasers in materials processing industries were identified.