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6th UKP-WORKSHOP Online: Ultrafast Laser Technology

Experts from industry and research discuss trends for future material processing with ultrafast lasers

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Hugo Geiger Prize 2021 for Dr. Christian Kalupka

Learn more about micrometer-precise processing of glass and other transparent materials with UKP lasers on our German website!

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A new generation of high-power ultrafast lasers

In the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS, 13 Fraunhofer Institutes bundle their expertise for the development of multi-kW ultrafast laser sources, the corresponding system technology and new applications.

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MultiSurf Team wins Stifterverbandspreis

The collaborative project MultiSurf is awarded for the development of a UKP multi-beam concept

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Next AKL from May 4–6, 2022 in Aachen

Laser Technology Live already this year!

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Fraunhofer ILT ranked among top most innovative companies by German business magazine “Capital”

News / March 2, 2021

Since 2019, the business magazine “Capital”, in cooperation with the market research service provider “Statista”, has been surveying industry and innovation experts about the most innovative companies in Germany.

This year, Fraunhofer ILT was also honored. According to the current study, our institute scored five stars in the category “Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Automation & Measurement Technology” among companies in the 251-1000 employee size range and was able to join nine other Fraunhofer Institutes in the top ranks surrounded by well-known companies. More than 3200 experts were surveyed for the study. A total of 473 companies in 20 industry sectors ranging from the automotive industry and the financial sector to the communications and technology sector were honored. 

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24.2.2021

Intelligent robots for targeted combating of viruses and bacteria

Service robots can help ensure that buildings and means of transport are cleaned and disinfected regularly and with consistently high quality. Since October 2020, twelve institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have been working on the development of new technologies for this field of application. Led by Fraunhofer IPA, the partners are pooling their expertise in the “Mobile Disinfection" (MobDi) research project to contribute to a safe “New Normal” in times of pandemic. The project is part of the »Fraunhofer vs. Corona« action program.
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28.1.2021

EHLA Tuning: Roller Coating at up to 200 Meters per Minute

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT's globally successful EHLA extreme high-speed laser material deposition process is not only turning heads. In the collaborative project EVEREST, the institute – along with three industrial partners – has developed process and system technology to efficiently repair and coat components and tested it on rollers. Now after successfully completing the project, the Aachen researchers want to establish the newly developed process chain in the industry. The goal is to coat long and large rollers and other rotating components with the EHLA process in a near-net-shape, both reliably and extremely efficiently.
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21.1.2021

Laser-based sensor technology for recycling metals instead of mining mineral resources

In order to help the industry have greater access to raw materials, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and Cronimet Ferroleg. GmbH have jointly developed a laser-based sorting process for metal scrap as part of the BMBF-funded “PLUS” project. A new sensor they have developed makes the recycling of metallic raw materials many times more efficient than previously possible. The EU project “REVaMP” goes one step further: In this project, Fraunhofer ILT experts have also been contributing their expertise in the field of materials analysis at the European level since January 2020, thus making an important international contribution to securing a resource-efficient supply of raw materials in the long term.
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7.1.2021

Printed miniature loudspeaker listening into the future

It has six corners and is about the size of a 1-cent piece: In an additive manufacturing process, miniature loudspeakers can be produced efficiently and cost-effectively as part of piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems - so-called piezo-MEMS - using a combination of inkjet printing and laser technology. This has been demonstrated by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, the Institute for Materials in Electrical Engineering 2 (IWE2) at RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology ISIT. The partners manufactured a corresponding demo component as part of the recently completed BMBF joint project “Generative Manufacturing of Efficient Piezo-MEMS for Microactuators (GENERATOR) ”.
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Our Technology Focus

 

Lasers and Optics

This technology field focuses on developing innovative laser beam sources and high quality optical components and systems.

 

Laser Material Processing

Among the many manufacturing processes in the technology field Laser Materials Processing, cutting and joining in micro and macro technology as well as surface processes count among its most important.

 

Medical Technology and Biophotonics

Together with partners from the Life Sciences, the technology field Medical Technology and Biophotonics opens up new areas of applications for lasers in therapy and diagnostics as well as in microscopy and analytics.

 

Laser Measurement Technology and EUV Technology

The focus of the technology field Laser Measurement Technology and EUV Technology lies in manufacturing measurement technology, materials analysis, identification and analysis technology in the areas of recycling and raw materials, measurement and test engineering for environment and security, as well as the use of EUV technology.

 

Digitalization

The technology focus digitalization provides services and products for digitalization of manufacturing technologies in the context of efficient and transparent production.

Laser Technology for Your Industry

Laser technology can solve demanding tasks in many different industries. Whether as a tool in automotive production, as measuring equipment in the environmental sector, as a diagnostic or therapeutic instrument in medical technology or as a communication medium in space technology, the laser provides multiple uses with high productivity and high efficiency. Thanks to its intensive research and application-specific developments, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has been guiding its industrial partners in developing their innovations for more than 30 years – in the “branches” section you will find further information and a selection from our services.

Information of Fraunhofer ILT on the current coronavirus pandemic to customers, partners, visitors and those interested in our services

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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