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More flexible battery design with ultrafast laser ablation

The ultrashort pulse (USP) laser has been known to shine whenever highly sensitive material needs to be machined quickly yet gently. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has investigated one such application that certainly looks to have a bright future: The Aachen-based researchers developed a quick, reliable and nondestructive method of ablating lithium-ion batteries’ anode material with an ultrashort pulsed laser beam. This ablation technique exposes electrical contact points called tabs.
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Producing Nanostructures Cost-Effectively

How can structures smaller than one micrometer be generated? And how can even smaller structures of less than 100 nanometers be produced without great effort? Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have developed several technologies to answer such questions. With these technologies, they can simulate, produce and measure periodic microstructures. They use phase-shifting transmission masks that can efficiently generate nanostructures down to 28 nanometers.
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ScanCut project completed: laser cutting enables more intricate plug connector designs

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have come up with a striking new addition to contact stamping technologies in the ERDF research project ScanCut. In collaboration with industry partners from North Rhine-Westphalia, the Aachen-based team of researchers developed a hybrid manufacturing process for the laser cutting of thin-walled metal strips. This new process makes it possible to fabricate even the tiniest details of contact parts in an eco-friendly, high-precision and efficient manner.
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“Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP 2020”: The final touches for surfaces

For the fourth time, laser polishing will be the center of attention at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen on September 16 and 17, 2020. As a premiere, however, since the “4th Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP 2020” will take place virtually for the first time. On both days, due to the large number of international participants, the conference will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. (both CET).
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EHLA and the HighNo nozzle: Bilsing Automation relies on Extreme High-speed Laser Material Deposition

EHLA process coating a brake disc.
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EHLA process coating a brake disc.

Extreme high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA) is well received not only in Germany, China, Argentina, Great Britain, the Netherlands, but now also in Turkey. The Turkish subsidiary of Bilsing Automation has decided to use innovations developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and its industrial partners. With EHLA and the new special HighNo nozzle, Bilsing Automation aims to conquer new markets. 

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

March 18, 2020

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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