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Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT






  • Laser process simulation available as app for first time

    Reduced drilling simulation with beam distribution. The red line shows the good correspondence with the experimental result.

    In laser material processing, the simulation of processes has made great strides over the past few years. Today, the software can predict relatively well what will happen on the workpiece. Unfortunately, it is also highly complex and requires a lot of computing time. Thanks to clever simplification, experts from Fraunhofer ILT are now able to offer the first-ever simulation software that calculates processes in real time and also runs on tablet computers and smartphones. The fast software enables users to do without expensive experiments and to find optimum process parameters even more effectively.

  • Three Young Researchers Honored with Hugo Geiger Prizes

    2nd prize for Dr. Stefan Hengesbach from Fraunhofer ILT.

    At the Munich Science Days, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, along with the Free State of Bavaria, was honoring three young scientists with the Hugo Geiger Prize on 16 November. Commended are theses on energy-efficient semiconductors, powerful diode lasers and new substances for sharper displays.

  • Fraunhofer and RWTH Aachen launch R&D center for turbomachinery manufacturing

    Kick-off on campus: At the end of October 2015, experts from all over the world came together in Aachen for the launch of the International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing (ICTM).

    On October 28, 2015, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology IPT and Laser Technology ILT, and RWTH Aachen University’s Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) and Chair for Laser Technology (LLT) launched the International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing (ICTM) in Aachen together with 19 renowned industrial partners. The center’s activities will focus on research relating to the repair and manufacturing of turbomachines.

  • LIMBO: Innovative joining technology for temperature-sensitive components

    A 200 μm thick copper ribbon on a PCB joined via the LIMBO process.

    This November, the Experts of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be presentinga pioneering novelty at productronica 2015, the world's leading trade fair for electronics development and production.They are focusing on a totally new laser-based joining technique that will provide plenty of momentum to the electronics production industry.

  • Battery Production: Laser Light instead of Oven-Drying and Vacuum Technology

    In the project ProSoLitBat, funded by BMBF, a roll-toroll process chain has been generated for the continuous production of lithium solid electrolyte batteries with the support of the project partner Fraunhofer ILT.

    At the exhibition BATTERY + STORAGE as part of WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS 2015 in Stuttgart, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Laser Technology ILT and for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS will be showing how laser technology can be used to manufacture batteries both cost- and energy-efficiently.

  • ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing – Bundled Know-how at the RWTH Aachen Campus

    The Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology IPT and for Laser Technology ILT founded the ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing along with partners from science. The new Center aims to help manufacturing companies – from large concerns via medium-sized companies down to small enterprises – employ the additive manufacturing method usefully and profitably for their production processes.

  • AKL’16 from April 27 - 29, 2016 - Save the Date!

    Active exchange at the AKL Sponsors exhibition.

    International Laser Technology Congress AKL’16:

  • Electromobility: Laser-Based Processes for Lightweight Battery Packs

    Lightweight battery pack: a combination of highstrength steel and fiber reinforced plastic.

    By continuing to develop the electrification of powertrains, researchers are looking to the future of mobility in economic and environmental terms: indeed, electric mobility – based on renewable energy – provides valuable solutions for the automotive industry as it implements climate change objectives, in particular, reducing CO2 emissions. Thanks to lightweight materials, the weight of the vehicles can be reduced significantly, thus increasing their operating distance. Within the framework of the joint project »Fraunhofer System Research for Electromobility II«, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has developed processes for the production of lightweight battery packs that significantly contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

  • Bio-fabrication of Artificial Blood Vessels with Laser Light

    Artificial branched blood vessel.

    Thanks to the development of an artificial, three-layered perfused skin model, the EU research project ArtiVasc 3D is advancing into uncharted territories. An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has developed a 3D printing process for the production of artificial blood vessels out of innovative materials. They have created the foundation to cultivate a full-thickness skin model to a much greater layer thicknesses than previously possible. At the project’s closing event at Fraunhofer ILT from October 28 to 29, 2015, the ArtiVasc 3D researchers will present their findings in detail.

  • Topping-out ceremony for Photonics Cluster, an emblematic site for exchange between science and business

    Topping-out ceremony for innovation center in Photonics Cluster at RWTH Aachen Campus on August 26, 2015.

    Aachen, August 26, 2015. The setting could not have been more apt: joined by numerous guests, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH, and ante4c GmbH – who partnered with Landmarken AG as project developer – today celebrated the topping-out ceremony for the first construction phase of the Photonics Cluster on the RWTH Aachen Campus. The celebration took place in the building’s light-flooded atrium, a place of encounters, communication, and the exchange of knowledge. In his welcome address, Landmarken director Jens Kreiterling described the atrium as an effective symbol of the cluster principle at the RWTH Aachen Campus, where business and science come together, interact, and crossfertilize.


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