Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT

Urban Mining of electronic waste with laser technology

Horizon 2020 project ADIR developed a recycling process for the industry with a recovery rate of up to 98 percent!

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Additively manufactured products against the pandemic

Open call of the EU project AMable: additive solutions wanted! #FraunhoferVSCorona

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Next AKL from May 4–6, 2022 in Aachen

Laser Technology Live already this year!

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Laser drilled filters against the microplastic flood

BMBF project SimConDrill nominated for Green Award 2020

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CFRP component manufacturing with USP laser

Highly productive, automated, tailor-made and just-in-time

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Prof. Constantin Häfner named new Fraunhofer ILT director

Effective November 2019, the renowned laser physicist will succeed Prof. Reinhart Poprawe.

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13th “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress”:
May 4–6, 2022 in Aachen – Laser Technology Live already this year!

Owing to the progressing coronavirus pandemic, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has decided to organize the next “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress” in two years: The AKL’22 will take place in Aachen from May 4 to 6, 2022. Provided that the general conditions allow, Fraunhofer ILT intends to open its doors to various planned conferences in Aachen as early as autumn 2020 to ensure that interested parties do not have to wait two years for the live demonstrations, firmly anchored in the AKL, in Europe's largest laser system park. 

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

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, we place the highest priority on the safety and health of our employees, customers and visitors. Hence, in connection with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Fraunhofer ILT has set up a crisis management team and is implementing the guidelines of the German authorities.

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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.



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.


Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT

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Optatec 2020

Hall 3.1 | Booth 504
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Hall A1 | Booth 526
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Proven a thousand times over: successful recovery of valuable materials from electronic devices

The EU project ADIR set out to develop a completely new, automated method of recycling electronic devices by disassembling them and recovering the valuable raw materials they contain. Under the title of “Next generation urban mining – Automated disassembly, separation and recovery of valuable materials from electronic equipment”, the ADIR project team has spent the last four years developing a sustainable recycling concept. Led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, based in Aachen, Germany, and involving eight project partners from three countries, the ADIR project’s strategic goal is to reduce the EU’s dependency on natural resources, reduce the need for costly imports of raw materials, and demonstrate new technologies for inverse production.
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Additive ideas in demand: the AMable project promotes flexible AM solutions to fight the coronavirus

The coronavirus is currently paralyzing public and private life and in many places there is a lack of medical equipment and viable solutions to protect society against the spread of the virus. Together with institutions from all over Europe, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is supporting companies in the EU project AMable in implementing Additive Manufacturing ideas that will help overcome bottlenecks in this fight. Now that AMable has already successfully paved the way for SMEs to industrial 3D printing with metal and plastic, the partners are offering aid and public funding for COVID-19 projects. The AMable partners are calling for ideas to be submitted in a first step and applicable solutions for the additive manufacture of new products in a second step.
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