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    Laser-Powered Ship Repair Facility Launched in Russia’s Far East

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    A pioneering laser repair works project for the metal parts of ships and vessels was launched in Russia’s Primorye Territory, the regional administration reported on its website.

    The project was designed by the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, together with the Far East Federal University and company Dalzavod. The robotic systems will be equipped with high-power lasers, the report read.

    "With the use of lasers, coats of various metals will be put on broken parts to fully restore them. Lasers are a versatile instrument – it cuts materials, welds them, as well as cleans surfaces," it pointed out.

    The pioneering project is planned to be expanded to a full-scale repair facility in the coming three years.

    "Currently, a large ship-making facility Zvezda is being built in the region. Repair yards now have the need for laser repair technologies. Repair is much less expensive than buying new costly parts," Vice-Governor Vasily Usoltsev said.

    "The technology [of laser repair] is being developed not as a scientific experiment, but as an actual order from the industry. The founders of the new facility already have contracts with several companies," he added.

    He underscored that the region will use the upcoming project to join the federal program for the creation of engineering centers.

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