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  • Inspiration for high-volume production / 2020

    Laser Colloquium Hydrogen LKH2: fast and reliable fuel cell manufacturing

    Press Release / 15.1.2020

    Premiere: Fraunhofer ILT will be holding its Laser Colloquium Hydrogen LKH2 in Aachen on March 18, 2020. It will focus on laser welding and cutting of bipolar plates and the entire fuel cell manufacturing process chain.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Interest in the use of fuel cells is steadily increasing as a result of the shift toward e-mobility and the broader adoption of renewable energy sources. To examine this development, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is organizing the first Laser Colloquium Hydrogen LKH2, which will take place in Aachen on March 18, 2020. The event will focus not only on laser cutting and welding of fuel cell components, but also on the execution and monitoring of the entire process chain.

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  • In EffiLayers, the project partners are continuing to develop the laser-based roll-to-roll production of organic photovoltaics developed in the predecessor project PhotonFlex, thus making mechanical engineers from North Rhine-Westphalia more competitive in world markets.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Sunny prospects: Under the direction of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, five project partners from industry and research are developing technologies for the roll-to-roll production of organic photovoltaics in the EffiLayers project. This North Rhine-Westphalian lead market project aims to help the machine manufacturers based in North Rhine-Westphalia play a pioneering role in the market for flexible thin-film solar cells and printed electronics.

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  • A diode-pumped alexandrite laser reduces the size and energy requirement of the LIDAR system by a factor of 100.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Higher atmospheric layers are becoming more and more interesting for climate researchers, but the areas above 40 km are only directly accessible with sounding rockets. A newly developed LIDAR system (Light Detection and Ranging) with a diode-pumped alexandrite laser will soon make such research possible remotely. Scientists from the Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are developing a system that is not only easy to transport but also works independently. In the future, a LIDAR network will be able to deliver data from the atmosphere continuously and on a large scale.

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  • More than 600 participants can expect over 80 practically relevant and comprehensive lectures at the AKL’20 in Aachen, organized by the Fraunhofer ILT.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Andreas Steindl.

    From May 6 to 8, 2020, laser manufacturers and users from various branches will meet at the AKL’20 for the 13th time. Featuring over 600 participants, 87 speakers and over 50 sponsors and exhibitors, the “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress” has established itself as the leading forum for applied laser technology in Europe. The program of events is already available at www.lasercongress.org – where you can also register now for AKL’20.

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  • 70 Experten aus Industrie und Forschung trafen sich im November 2019 zur ersten »AI for Laser Technology Conference« in Aachen.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen.

    How can we use data and algorithms to improve the quality, efficiency and flexibility of laser technology and production engineering processes? To answer this question, 70 experts assembled at the first “AI for Laser Technology Conference” in Aachen on November 6 and 7, 2019 to discuss the latest trends in the key technology of artificial intelligence, or AI. The two-day conference at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT hosted 13 speakers who gave users a practical grounding in the relevant processes as well as plenty of guidance on putting them into practice. Participants also enjoyed a guided tour through the Fraunhofer ILT laboratories offering exclusive insights into latest research.

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  • One of the topics at LSE’20: efficient laser joining for contacting batteries.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Following a successful premiere in 2019, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will kick off the second Laser Symposium on Electromobility – LSE’20 – in Aachen on February 12, 2020. The two-day event will focus on high-efficiency laser techniques for every step in the process chain for producing batteries and electric vehicles. One of the main highlights will be a presentation from Swiss company E-Force One AG on the electrification of heavy-duty transportation.

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  • Cheetah hood ornament made of metal, printed with the new low-cost LPBF machine Alpha 140.
    © Laser Melting Innovations, Aachen, Germany.

    A spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT receives a special distinction: the Aachen-based company Laser Melting Innovations GmbH & Co. KG is one of the winners of the “formnext Start-up Challenge” 2019. The young Aachen scientists will be honored by the jury for the development of their low-cost system on November 19 at the formnext in Frankfurt on the AM4U stage (hall 11.0-F71). With this system for Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) with metal powder, SMEs in particular have at their disposal an industry-suitable system technology for metallic 3D printing.

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  • Preheating the machining plane with the NIR module significantly reduces stresses in the laser-manufactured component.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Tungsten carbide-cobalt is an excellent material for cutting tools as it is extremely heat- and wear-resistant. In the new research project “Additive Manufacturing of Machining Tools out of WC-Co – AM of WC-Co”, scientists from the Institute for Materials Applications in Mechanical Engineering IWM and the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of RWTH Aachen University as well as from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are now investigating how Laser Powder Bed Fusion can be used to process this material. It aims to additively produce cutting tools that achieve longer tool life thanks to complex cooling geometries.

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  • Optical parametric oscillator setup as conceptual study of a low-noise quantum frequency converter.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Transporting quantum information over long distances with glass fibers and paving the way for the quantum Internet: With this goal in mind, the Dutch research center QuTech and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT launched the ICON project QFC-4-1QID on September 1, 2019. In this long-term strategic partnership between the research institutions, the scientists will be developing quantum frequency converters that will connect quantum processors to fiber optic networks. The new technology will be used in the world's first quantum Internet demonstrator in 2022.

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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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