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  • Digitally united: In the futureAM project, the Virtual Lab serves as a digital bracket for all four fields of activity.
    © Fraunhofer IAPT, Hamburg, Germany.

    In the Fraunhofer lighthouse project “futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing,” an alliance of six Fraunhofer institutes shall accelerate 3D printing with metal powder by at least a factor of ten. The first tangible results prove that this is not a dream of the future. The futureAM team will be presenting these results at the joint Fraunhofer booth D51 in Hall 11 during formnext from November 19 to 22, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main.

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  • Scientists at the Fraunhofer ILT are investigating the use of a blue-emitting laser beam source in additive manufacturing.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    The market for additive processes continues to grow by around 20 percent annually and has reached a volume of 10 billion euros. This was reported by the organizer of formnext, the world's leading trade fair for additive manufacturing (AM) in Frankfurt. In AM, the trend is clearly moving towards greater productivity. Thanks to its new materials, lasers for eMobility and highly efficient 3D coating processes, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is providing the right ideas at the right time.

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  • At formnext, Fraunhofer ILT will be showing a new processing head that enables wire LMD in hybrid processes as part of the BMBF's ProLMD project.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Within a BMBF-funded project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is tackling the issue of 3D printing large components economically by using a new process called Hybrid AM that combines conventional manufacturing with additive processes. An important step forward in this process development is a new wire LMD head and its modular components which the Aachen-based experts will be presenting for the first time at formnext from November 19 to 22, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main.

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  • The lighthouse project “Go Beyond 4.0”.
    © Herbst & Herbst .MEDIA, Wiesbaden, Germany.

    Six Fraunhofer institutes have demonstrated the individualization of single products in mass production environments by the employment of digital printing and laser technologies. This substantial progress provides completely new opportunities for design and weight reduction by material savings.

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  • In November 2019, the renowned laser physicist Dr. Constantin Häfner is to take over as director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, Germany.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Effective November 2019, renowned laser physicist Dr. Constantin Häfner will be taking on the Directorship of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen. He is currently Program Director for Advanced Photon Technologies at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, where he has led the development of the world’s most powerful laser systems.

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  • Focus on functionalization: Fraunhofer ILT will be demonstrating its expertise in the fields of laser deburring and polishing at Deburring EXPO in Karlsruhe.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    At Deburring EXPO, the leading trade fair for deburring technology and precision surfaces in Karlsruhe, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be presenting current developments in the field of laser deburring and polishing from October 8 to 10, 2019. The focus is on laser polishing for tribologically stressed surfaces, sealing surfaces and laser deburring of sheet edges.

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  • Reliable, efficient, and easy on the environment / 2019

    New Fraunhofer coating process provides effective protection for brake discs

    Press Release / 3.9.2019

    Coating a brake disc with the EHLA process.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Volker Lannert.

    More than many other auto parts, brake discs are subject to repeated mechanical loads. As a result of this continual abrasion, they produce fine particulate matter, which pose a substantial environmental burden. Now, however, a new coating process developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and RWTH Aachen University can significantly reduce this impact. By using “Extreme High-speed Laser Material Deposition”, known by its German acronym EHLA, it has proved possible to provide brake discs with an effective protection against wear and corrosion in a procedure that is both fast and economic.

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  • AI for Laser Technology Conference:  AI can also add significant value to laser deposition welding.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Volker Lannert.

    The ingenuity of pioneering breakthroughs can be witnessed in Aachen before the year is out. At its “AI for Laser Technology Conference” on November 6 and 7, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be tackling the question of how lasers can be used more efficiently with the help of artificial intelligence. Experts from companies including Daimler, Intel and Microsoft have already signed up for the event. The conference topics will range from machine learning in industrial settings to the use of augmented reality and analysis of neural networks.

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  • Few places available: secure your exhibition place! / 2019

    Save the Date! AKL’20 from May 6–8, 2020

    Press Release / 28.8.2019

    Logo of the AKL’20.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    With over 600 international participants, more than 80 speakers and more than 50 companies at the Sponsors‘ Exhibition accompanying the conference, the “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress” has established itself in Europe as the leading forum for applied laser technology in production: In May 2020, laser manufacturers and users from various industries will meet for the 13th time at the AKL’20, organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT.

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  • In the NRW Leitmarkt project AddSteel, powders for metallic 3D printing using the LPBF process are produced from special, adapted alloys.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    North Rhine-Westphalia has launched the NRW Leitmarkt project AddSteel, which is aimed at digitalizing the steel industry. Coordinated by SMS group GmbH, a plant engineering company based in Mönchengladbach, this three-year project will develop new function-adapted steel materials for additive manufacturing. One of the project’s key areas of focus is the qualification of the developed materials for laser powder bed fusion (LPBF), a metallic 3D printing process, at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen. One of the AddSteel project team’s first successes was the development of the first case-hardening and heat-treatable steel powders designed specifically for LPBF applications.

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