Pure glass fibers now provide the infrastructure to carry information via laser-produced light in a revolutionary technical achievement. Chemical researchers invented the first optical fiber in 1970.
Once fiber optics were fabricated, they were installed as integrated components. The first lightwave system was installed in 1977 to provide voice, data, and video service over a network. Today, a single fiber-optic cable can transmit millions of phone calls, data files, and video images.
Industrial laser machines are used for, among other things, precision laser cutting as it enables irregular and richly detailed forms and shapes to be cut with absolute precision.