Multi-beam laser process nominated for the prestigious Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2020
News / September 2021
The Berthold Leibinger Prize 2020 will be awarded on September 24. Due to the Corona pandemic, the event could not take place last year. The prize is awarded every two years for outstanding research and development on the application or generation of laser light. In the laser industry, it is one of the world’s most prestigious awards.
Professor Arnold Gillner (Fraunhofer ILT), Dr. Stephan Brüning (Schepers GmbH & Co. KG) and Dr. Keming Du (EdgeWave GmbH Innovative Laser Solutions), who collaborated on the research, were invited to the award ceremony at the headquarters of Trumpf GmbH & Co. KG. “Being nominated as a finalist is already a special honor and recognizes the outstanding work of our team of scientists,” said a delighted Professor Constantin Häfner, Director of Fraunhofer ILT.
The team led by Arnold Gillner was nominated for developing a multi-beam system in which a laser beam is split into up to 16 partial beams. These are 16 tools that can be used in parallel and controlled individually to produce functional surfaces. With further power scaling, even larger surfaces can be processed in the future, for example, to reduce the wind resistance of aircraft wings and wind turbines. The prize is endowed with a total of €100,000.