Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT

“AKL – International Laser Technology Congress.”

Aachen, Germany | May 4-6, 2022

In addition to more than 80 lectures, the participants of AKL’22 in Aachen can once again expect plenty of opportunities for networking. In the picture: Exhibition of sponsors of AKL’18.
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In addition to more than 80 lectures, the participants of AKL’22 in Aachen can once again expect plenty of opportunities for networking. In the picture: Exhibition of sponsors of AKL’18.

From May 4 to 6, 2022, laser manufacturers and users from various industries will meet for the 13th time at the “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress.” Prof. Constantin Häfner, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, is pleased to welcome the laser community live in Aachen for AKL’22, particularly since the congress had to be postponed due to the pandemic. 85 speakers bring participants up to date on the current status and trends in laser technology in production. At the AKL'22, the latest findings of applied research as well as pioneering achievements from industry will be presented and discussed. The topics range from productivity increases in additive manufacturing and AI-supported laser systems to the networking of digital process chains for the smart production of tomorrow.

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17.5.2022

Process Chains for Isolation and Analysis: from Single Cells to Organoids

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are working on new tools for the preparation and analysis of single cells and cell assemblies. The team developed the “Liftoscope,” a system for cell sorting for subsequent cultivation that can analyze and transfer biomaterials precisely and in a way that is gentle on cells. In addition to this system, further 3D bioprinting methods are increasingly finding their way into biotechnological research: Thanks to the development of microfluidic organ-on-a-chip systems, various cells can be arranged in a defined and reproducible manner to form artificial tissues. Fraunhofer ILT experts will be presenting the results of their research at analytica in Munich from June 21 - 24.
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13.4.2022

Lasers for hydrogen technology – Fraunhofer ILT inaugurates new research platform

The success of the energy transition is closely linked to continued research into hydrogen technologies. A major goal of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is to make the fuel cell ready for series production. To this end, the Aachen researchers are setting up a hydrogen laboratory on more than 300 square meters of laboratory space: Here, a wide range of laser technology test facilities will offer public projects and industrial cooperation a research platform that is unique in Germany. On May 5, 2022, the new Hydrogen Lab will open its doors for the first time to participants of the “International Laser Technology Congress AKL'22” in Aachen as part of ILT’s biannual event “Laser Technology Live.”
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1.4.2022

Taking the fight to microplastics with lasers

Until now, wastewater treatment plants have not been able to sufficiently filter out tiny microplastics in wastewater, but this could soon change: The first laser-drilled microplastic filter is being tested in a wastewater treatment plant. It contains sheets with extremely small holes just 10 micrometers in diameter. The technology to efficiently drill millions of such holes was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, and now the institute’s engineers are scaling up ultrashort-pulse (USP) laser technology in the kW range. Visitors can learn more about the microplastic filter and ultrashort-pulse lasers at the Fraunhofer booth A6.441 at LASER World of PHOTONICS.
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31.3.2022

Fraunhofer showcasing innovations at the World of Quantum

The World of Quantum is celebrating its premiere this year at the world's lead-ing trade fair for photonics. The LASER trade fair is thus taking the rapidly growing market for quantum technologies into account. From April 26 to 29, several Fraunhofer institutes will be presenting their latest developments in this field and their respective areas of application in Hall A4, Booth 180.
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How can Additive Manufacturing help in the fight against coronavirus? The EU project AMable calls for the submission of ideas in this area. In a second step, SMEs, for example, can submit solution concepts and receive funding.
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