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LB-PBF Systems: Standardization of Maintenance and Servicing

Fraunhofer ILT supports ASTM International, USA, in simplifying and standardizing machine condition monitoring

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Hybridleiterplatten BMWi-Projekt CLAPE
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Mobility of the future

Power electronics with hybrid circuit boards - BMWi funded CLAPE project

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Cloudbasierte Steuerung von Maschinen mit Kubernetes
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Controlling 100 lasers automatically via the cloud

In the Cluster of Excellence “Internet of Production”, efficient solutions for the cloud-based control of machines with the software Kubernetes are developed.

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AKL‘22 from May 4-6, 2022– Save the date!

We look forward to welcoming you personally in Aachen soon!

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Multi-beam laser process nominated for the prestigious Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2020

News / September 2021

Professor Arnold Gillner (Fraunhofer ILT)
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Professor Arnold Gillner (Fraunhofer ILT)

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.

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News / September 2021

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At LKH2, the focus will be on bipolar plate manufacturing, surface processing and fuel cell manufacturing, among others.

The usage of hydrogen by fuel cells is – during the global challenges of climate change and the resulting energy turnaround – the focus of future-oriented research and development. For the efficient and economical production of fuel cells, laser technology offers highly efficient laser processes for the entire process chain due to its great flexibility and high degree of automation.

At Fraunhofer ILT's virtual LKH2 – Laserkolloquium Wasserstoff 2021 on September 15 and 16, speakers from industry and science will discuss current results and technology trends in the field of hydrogen technologies. Exciting insights are also provided by a virtual lab tour at Fraunhofer ILT.

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AI for Laser Technology Conference – Artificial Intelligence controls Additive Manufacturing Processes

News / August 2021

Machine learning allows complex data from different sensors to be understood and used for process control.
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Learn at "AI Conference", Sept. 28-29, 2021, how AI helps eliminate errors and reduce process complexity.

At the second “AI for Laser Technology Conference” on September 28 and 29, 2021, participants will discuss how artificial intelligence is currently being applied in laser materials processing. Researchers and plant engineers, software developers and machine builders will meet here to exchange ideas. In addition to the technical presentations, the laboratories at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be opened for virtual tours. Due to current regulations, the conference will take place online.

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News at a Glance

13.9.2021

German-Japanese AM CAMP Week 2021

Additive Manufacturing (AM) contributes to the manufacturing by successfully combining existing processes and supply chains, rather than replacing traditional manufacturing processes. German-Japanese AM CAMP Week 2021 will present advanced solutions for a variety of processes, measurement and security challenges, as well as 3D printing.
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8.9.2021

Gripper Arm from the 3D Printer for Assembling Optical Systems with Maximum Precision

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen has been developing and building laser systems for use in space for several years. At the same time, the Aachen scientists are also researching technologies for metallic 3D printing. Using the Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) process, Fraunhofer ILT – along with the Chair for Digital Additive Production DAP – has developed and set up a new precision gripper arm made of metal powder for the first time: a novelty for the assembly of space components in clean rooms. The gripper arm is lighter than its predecessor and yet stable enough to mount and adjust heavier laser optics with ultra-precision.
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25.8.2021

Artificial Intelligence in Production

At the second “AI for Laser Technology Conference” on September 28 and 29, 2021, participants will discuss how artificial intelligence is currently being applied in laser materials processing. Researchers and plant engineers, software developers and machine builders will meet here to exchange ideas. In addition to the technical presentations, the laboratories at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be opened for virtual tours. Due to current regulations, the conference will take place online.
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18.8.2021

Save the Date! AKL’22 from May 4 to 6, 2022

Networking at its best – live on site! The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT invites the laser community to the 13th International Laser Technology Congress AKL from May 4 to 6, 2022. Laser manufacturers and users from various industries, experienced experts and newcomers, strategists and practitioners can catch up on the latest developments in the field of applied laser technology in production at AKL'22. Over three conference days, 87 presentations will bring participants up to date on the latest technology and give them insight into current research topics for tomorrow's production solutions. Along with the exhibition accompanying the conference and the live demonstrations at Fraunhofer ILT, the AKL has established itself as the central networking platform for the laser community.
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