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  • ICTM Conference 2019 in Aachen: Digitalization emerges as a leading-edge engineering trend for turbomachinery construction

    Press Release of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT / 11.12.2018

    All data is digitally captured and stored in the cloud – one of the central topics of the ICTM Conference is how the digital twin accompanies the component through its entire life cycle.
    © Fraunhofer IPT, Aachen, Germany.

    Digitalization of the production process has allowed turbomachinery components to be manufactured more efficiently than ever before: The core question to be addressed at what is now the fifth ICTM Conference to take place 6 and 7 February 2019 in Aachen and hosted by the Fraunhofer Institutes in Aachen is “How do high levels of data consistency, continuity and availability along with more robust processes and greater production transparency result in a more economically efficient process chain?” Online enrolment for conference attendance is now open and there is an early-bird discount for bookings made by 17 December 2018.

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  • Nass-chemisch entstützte Testgeometrie.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen.

    Five companies and two research institutes were involved in one of the most exciting technical issues in production. Coordinated by Daimler AG and within the framework of the BMBF funding initiative “Photonic Process Chains”, these project partners examined the “Integration of Additive Manufacturing Processes in Automobile Series Production – AutoAdd”. They focused on the metallic, additive manufacturing process developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, Germany: Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF), also known as Selective Laser Melting (SLM).

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  • Sharing research results at the “3rd Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP 2018” in Aachen. Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    The “Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is an international meeting point for all experts using or researching laser polishing. For the third time, the conference took place in Aachen and offered a comprehensive overview of research results and trends relating to the industrial use of laser polishing for metals, glass and plastics. On September 12 and 13, some 80 participants from a total of 15 different countries exchanged knowledge as well as ideas and gained insights into the laboratories at Fraunhofer ILT.

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  • Scientists from Fraunhofer ILT have developed a new processing head for Laser Powder Bed Fusion LPBF, which also generates large metal components additively up to ten times faster than conventional LPBF systems.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    The future of 3D printing will be the focus at formnext 2018 in Frankfurt am Main. For this, the Fraunhofer Focus Project futureAM offers particularly exciting insights, a project in which six Fraunhofer institutes are involved. The partners are doing both, comprehensively looking at digital and physical added value right from the order to the finished component; and at the leap into a new technology generation of additive manufacturing.

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  • The journey from idea to innovation / 2018

    Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis awarded to research team from Fraunhofer and RWTH Aachen University

    Press Release of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft / 24.10.2018

    From left to right: Thomas Schopphoven, Dr. Andres Gasser (Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT) and Gerhard Maria Backes (Chair of Digital Additive Production DAP at RWTH Aachen University) with Prof. Michael Zäh (Technical University of Munich), who delivered the prize-giving speech, at the award ceremony on September 21 in Ditzingen.
    © Berthold Leibinger Stiftung.

    Having received a Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize in 2017, a research team from Aachen has now also won the prestigious Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis. Their award-winning process “Extreme High-Speed Laser Material Deposition” is known by its German abbreviation, EHLA. The technology allows protective metal coatings to be applied at extremely high speeds in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner. EHLA is also a model of successful cooperation based on partnership and of how to solve practical, application-oriented problems. In addition, it exemplifies how the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft works.

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  • By melting at room temperature, the additively manufactured plastic components are released from the frozen blocks.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has taken its “TwoCure” process to the next level by developing it into an industry-ready machine technology. The team of scientists from Aachen, Germany will be presenting their “TwoCure” system at formnext in Frankfurt am Main from November 13 to 16. The new technique uses resin-based 3D printing to produce large numbers of plastic components without support structures in an automated process.

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  • Flying High with VCSEL Heating

    Press Release / 4.10.2018

    Exposure at local preheating using VCSEL.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Additive manufacturing processes are booming, with the rapid growth of the formnext trade fair a clear indication of this. At formnext 2018, in cooperation with the Chair for Technology of Optical Systems TOS at RWTH Aachen University, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be showing a new process in which the component in the powder bed is heated with laser diodes. As a result, distortion can be reduced, taller parts generated and new materials used.

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  • 5th UKP-Workshop 2019 – Save the Date!

    Press Release / 13.9.2018

    Prof. Thomas Graf, Institute for Beam Tools (IFSW) at the University of Stuttgart (right) and Dr. Arnold Gillner, Fraunhofer ILT: Lively expert discussion at the 4th UKP-Workshop 2017 in Aachen.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Specialists from laser development, process engineering and industry will meet in Aachen from April 10 to 11, 2019 for the “5th UKP-Workshop: Ultrafast Laser Technology“, organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT. 20 speakers will inform the approximately 200 expected participants from Germany and abroad about the latest developments in USP laser beam sources and optical systems for USP laser technology.

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  • Instead of punching: Together with BILSTEIN GmbH & Co. KG, Fraunhofer ILT has developed a very fast cutting process for differentiated rolled strip with partially different properties.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Since it oversees such a large number of projects, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT from Aachen is increasingly faced with the agony of choice: Which innovations should it present at an industrial exhibition or a congress? At EuroBLECH, from October 23 to 26, 2018 in Hanover, the Aachen scientists will be presenting five groundbreaking developments on all major trends in contemporary sheet metal processing – from hybrid lightweight construction to multifunctional laser robots with an integrated digital twin.

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