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  • Image 1: Laserjoining of FRP and hybrid joints between FRP and metal.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    San Francisco's Photonics West, the world's premier optics and photonics trade fair, aims to bring together science and industry once again in 2018. Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be putting on an effective demonstration of how to converge the two. The Aachen-based company's booth in the German Pavilion is primed to showcase cutting-edge technology, such as a 90% lighter laser cutting head and a laser platform for space applications.

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  • Image 1: Laserjoining of FRP and hybrid joints between FRP and metal.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    À l’occasion du salon JEC World Composite Show qui se tiendra à Paris en mars 2018, l’Institut Fraunhofer pour les technologies laser ILT fera le point sur les toutes dernières tendances et innovations en matière d’usinage laser de composites: les chercheurs présents sur le site collectif du «Aachener Zentrum für integrativen Leichtbau AZL» expliqueront notamment comment assembler, graver, découper et percer les composites au laser.

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  • Image 1: This laser cutting head with diamond optics features built-in water cooling and shielding gas supply; diamond lenses reduce its weight by 90%.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    San Francisco's Photonics West, the world's premier optics and photonics trade fair, aims to bring together science and industry once again in 2018. Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be putting on an effective demonstration of how to converge the two. The Aachen-based company's booth in the German Pavilion is primed to showcase cutting-edge technology, such as a 90% lighter laser cutting head and a laser platform for space applications.

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  • Image 1: Technology Conference at AKL’16. The main topic at AKL’18 is digitalization in the laser industry.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Laser experts from a remarkably broad spectrum of sectors will convene in Aachen May 2–4, 2018 at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL’18. 77 laser experts in research and industry will present cutting-edge methods and beam sources as well as the latest developments and trends in laser technology. The AKL gives technology suppliers and customers plenty of opportunities to swap stories and expertise. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT oversees this event, which is once more expected to draw more than 600 attendees. The program of events is already at www.lasercongress.org – where you can also register now for AKL’18.

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  • Image 1: Technology Conference at AKL’16. The main topic at AKL’18 is digitalization in the laser industry.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Des experts en technologie laser issus des secteurs les plus divers se réuniront à Aix-la-Chapelle du 2 au 4 mai 2018 à l’occasion du congrès international sur la technologie laser AKL’18. Au total, 77 experts représentant la recherche et l’industrie apporteront des éclaircissements sur les tout derniers procédés et sources laser, ainsi que sur les récents développements et tendances observés dans la technologie laser. Fournisseurs et acheteurs mettront à profit ces échanges de connaissances. En tant qu’organisateur de cet événement, l’institut Fraunhofer pour les technologies laser ILT espère cette fois encore dépasser largement les 600 participants. Les parties intéressées peuvent consulter le programme du congrès AKL’18 sur le site www.lasercongress.org et s’inscrire dès à présent.

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  • Image 1: Partners from industry and science met on Nov. 14, 2017 for the kick-off of the Fraunhofer futureAM focus project in Aachen.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Andreas Steindl.

    On November 14th, 2017, the Fraunhofer focus project, futureAM, was launched in Aachen under the auspices of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT. Six project partners – the Fraunhofer Institutes ILT, IWS, IWU, IGD and IFAM as well as the LZN Laser Zentrum Nord – have set themselves a clear goal: Over the next three years, they will work closely together to secure the prerequisites for significant technological leaps in additive manufacturing with metallic materials (metal AM).

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Additive manufacturing is becoming increasingly important in industrial production. Decisive factors are the scalability of the build volume and the productivity of additive manufacturing systems. Against this background, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are further developing the selective laser melting (SLM) technology. To this end, a new SLM laboratory system was built in Aachen. With an effective utilizable build volume of 1,000 mm x 800 mm x 500 mm, the system is able to manufacture large metal components quickly and with high process reliability. Fraunhofer ILT will be presenting ideas and process videos about the new system at the 2017 formnext trade fair from November 14 to 17.

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  • Image 2: Structure of the sorting chip for sorting cells and particles with laser light.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen / aligator kommunikation.

    Biomolecules and cells circulating in the blood carry diagnostic information, the analysis of which makes highly effective, individualized therapies possible. In order to tap this information, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have developed a microchip-based diagnostic device: The “AnaLighter” analyzes and sorts clinically relevant biomolecules and cells in a blood test with light. As a result, physicians can make early diagnoses, for example, of tumor and cardiovascular diseases and initiate patient-specific therapies with great efficacy. Experts from Fraunhofer ILT will be presenting this technology at the COMPAMED 2017 in Düsseldorf from November 13 to 16.

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  • Image 1: With the new “TwoCure” process printed ring-in-ring structure, manufactured without support structures and without platform contact.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT & Rapid Shape GmbH.

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and Rapid Shape GmbH are working together to further develop resin-based 3D printing. The new “TwoCure” process requires no support structures and is significantly more efficient and productive than conventional 3D printing techniques for plastic components. Experts from Fraunhofer ILT will be presenting the state-funded joint development that makes use of the interaction of light and cold in forming the components at formnext 2017 from November 14 to 17 in Frankfurt am Main.

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  • Image 1: LIA past president, Lin Li (right) presented Prof. Poprawe with the Peter M. Baker Leadership Award on October 25, 2017 during the 36th ICALEO Congress in Atlanta for his extraordinary commitment to the laser community.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Lutz Du.

    The “Peter M. Baker Leadership Award” of the Laser Institute of America LIA stands for providing outstanding leadership, significantly enriching the laser community as well as decisively participating in the technological advancement of photonics worldwide. Prof. Poprawe, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, received this award for his extraordinary commitment to the international laser industry at the 36th International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics ICALEO from October 22 to 26, 2017 in Atlanta, USA.

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