Press Releases

  • Schneiden von faserverstärkten Kunststoffen (FVK).
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Volker Lannert.

    Lightweight components made of fiber-reinforced plastics are becoming more and more important for a wide variety of industries, especially in automotive engineering and aviation. Accordingly, the need for efficient manufacturing and processing methods for these composites is increasing. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT invites interested parties to the first “Laser in Composites Symposium” in Aachen on November 22, 2017 in collaboration with the experts of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL). Here, experts will inform industrial users in lectures and guided tours about the latest developments and state-of-the-art applications in laser material processing of fiber-reinforced plastics. The symposium will also provide a forum for a mutual exchange between research and industry.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Andreas Steindl.

    The Innovation Award Laser Technology is a European research and technology prize provided with 10.000 Euro prize money and awarded at 2-yearly intervals jointly by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI in recognition of outstandingly innovative work in the field of laser technology. The call for proposals is open. Closing date for applications is January 15, 2018. Application instructions and information for online-submission can be downloaded at The official presentation of the award will take place in Aachen´s town hall on May 2, 2018 at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´18 ( ).

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  • Max Planck School of Photonics: National Network of Excellence selected by Federal Ministry of Education and Research

    Press Release of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF / 5.9.2017

    © Photo Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

    The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has called for the implementation of a new network of excellence under the lead of the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF). The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) focusses the key strengths of the German Photonics Community and will support highly skilled young researchers on a world class level. The national network of excellence aims to level the playing field with elite institutions, such as the American Havard University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by setting new standards in the research with light.

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  • Premier at formnext: Additive Manufacturing of Copper Materials Using Selective Laser Melting with Green Light / 2017

    Green Light for New 3D Printing Process

    Press Release / 30.8.2017

    Bild 1: Belichtung einer Einzelschicht im SLM-Prozess mit grünem Laserstrahl zur Herstellung einer innengekühlten Spule  für die induktive Wärmebehandlung.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    An innovation in the field of additive manufacturing will make its debut from November 14–17 at this year’s formnext in Frankfurt, Germany: the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen will be presenting a new approach for selective laser melting of copper materials. In the future, it should offer users the first cost-effective method for 3D printing components made of pure and highly conductive copper.

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  • Bild 2: AKL’18 - der umfassende Einblick in die Welt der Lasertechnik.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    From novices to experienced users: The „AKL – International Laser Technology Congress“ offers insights into the latest developments in the area of laser technology. With more than 600 international participants, over 70 speakers from research and industry and the accompanying Sponsors‘ exhibition the AKL has established itself as the leading forum for applied laser technology in Europe.

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  • Extreme High-Speed Laser Material Deposition (EHLA): first certified use in production manufacturing at Dutch hydraulics manufacturer / 2017

    Environmentally friendly alternative to prohibited hard chrome plating using chromium(VI)

    Press Release / 10.8.2017

    Die Beschichtung, die mittels EHLA aufgebracht wird, schützt in Zukunft serienmäßig die Kolbenstangen für Hydraulikzylinder der IHC Vremac Cylinders B.V. vor Korrosion auf hoher See.
    © Photo Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Munich, Germany.

    The strict conditions on the use of hexavalent chromium for corrosion and wear protection coatings, which will take effect in the EU in September 2017, hit the manufacturers of highly stressed metal components particularly hard. One such company is IHC Vremac Cylinders B.V. in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn. The hydraulic cylinders it manufactures, which often measure many meters in length, have to withstand rough maritime conditions for years. With its choice of an award-winning alternative to hard chrome plating, this Dutch manufacturer has become the first company in the world to coat its components using the EHLA technique developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen.

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  • ADIR Project: Lasers Recover Valuable Materials

    Press Release from / 21.7.2017

    Berührungsloses Freilegen und Entlöten von Platinen-Bauelementen mittels Laserstrahlung in einem Recyclingprozess des »ADIR«-Projekts.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Taking electronic devices apart that are no longer in use to recover valuable raw materials – this is an essential aspect of the future of urban mining. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is taking a pioneering role internationally in the EU project »ADIR - Next generation urban mining - Automated disassembly, separation and recovery of valuable materials from electronic equipment«. Launched in September 2015, this project is scheduled to run until 2019. It comprises nine project partners from four countries, who are researching how strategically important materials from old cell phones and printed circuit boards can be retrieved and recycled. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen is coordinating this project, which is being funded by the EU as part of the Horizon 2020 program.

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  • "We are bringing Additive Manufacturing to SMEs"

    Press Release from / 18.7.2017

    Eye-catcher auf der diesjährigen LASER World of PHOTONICS war das Modell der Ariane 5 Rakete,ein Symbol für die MERLIN Mission. Eine Leihgabe des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Köln; beteiligtes Institut: Institut für Raumfahrtantriebe, Lampoldshausen.
    © Photo Fraunhofert ILT, Aachen, Germany / Klaus D. Wolf

    From June 26 to 29, the laser community met again at the LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT was there with more than 50 exhibits from the various fields of applied laser technology and beam-source development: This year the spectrum ranged from diode and fiber lasers to new measurement technology all the way to complete machines for additive processes or even laser systems for space.

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  • European project BONE: eliminating the need for repeat fracture surgeries

    Press Release from Maastricht University / 6.7.2017

    A European transnational consortium led by Maastricht University (UM) will spend the next few years developing innovative bone implants. These implants will offer an alternative to repeat surgeries, prolonged medication use and donor tissue implementation following complex bone fractures. This innovative partnership will also give the participating regions a significant economic boost. The official kick-off of the international research project BONE, which stands for Biofabrication of Orthopaedics in a New Era, will be held on Thursday 6 July in Paris, France.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen / Volker Lannert.

    Diamonds are not only a girl's best friend, but synthetic diamonds are also attractive as a material for laser optics: thanks to their extremely high refractive index and excellent heat conduction, laser optics made with them are ten times lighter than conventional laser optics. Fiber lasers in the kW range could, thus, operate with greater flexibility. Three Fraunhofer institutes have optimized the production and processing of diamonds in recent years, and the first cutting system with diamond lenses is being tested.

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