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Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT






  • 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.

  • Open call for applications for the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2016 – closing date January 15, 2016

    Finalists of the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014

    The Innovation Award Laser Technology is a European research and technology prize provided with 10.000 Euro prize money and awarded at 2-yearly intervals jointly by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI in recognition of outstandingly innovative work in the field of laser technology. The call for proposals is open. Closing date for applications is January 15, 2016. Application instructions and information for online-submission can be downloaded at The official presentation of the award will take place in Aachen´s town hall on April 27, 2016 at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´16 ( ).

  • “LIGHT” at LASER World of Photonics 2015

    Luminescent man-sized eye-catcher at the Fraunhofer booth: the LIGHT exhibit, manufactured with 3D printing.

    By using the heading "Light", the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT presented itself at the LASER World of Photonics in two distinct ways: it addressed both a focus upon lightweight construction as well as one on new systems for generating laser light. Furthermore, the institute showed a large number of new ideas for industrial laser technology at this photonics exhibition, the world's largest with more than 30,000 visitors this year.

  • Lasers for Fast Internet in Space – Space Technology from Aachen

    On June 23, the second Sentinel mission was launched from the space mission launch center in Kourou. A critical component of Aachen is on board. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and Tesat-Spacecom have jointly developed the know-how for space-qualified laser components. For the Sentinel mission the diode laser pump module of the Laser Communication Terminal LCT was planned and constructed in Aachen in cooperation with the manufacturer of the LCT, Tesat-Spacecom, and the Ferdinand Braun Institute.

  • Outstanding Laser Research: ILT Scientist Dr. Stefan Hengesbach Receives the 2015 WLT Award

    On June 22, 2015 the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Lasertechnik e.V. (WLT) [Scientific Society for Laser Technology] conferred Dr.-Ing. Stefan Hengesbach with the 2015 WLT Award. The award ceremony took place during the WLT Award Ceremony & Plenary Session at the “Lasers in Manufacturing conference - LIM 2015”, held as part of the LASER World of Photonics in Munich.


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