Press Releases

  • © 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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  • Plus for collaboration: At the productronica, Fraunhofer ILT will be demonstrating how Laser-Based Tape-Automated Bonding (LaserTAB) can be optimized for the welding of battery cells.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    At the productronica trade fair in Munich this November, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be presenting Laser-Based Tape-Automated Bonding, LaserTAB for short. The experts from Aachen will be demonstrating how new battery cells and power electronics can be micro-welded more efficiently and precisely than ever before thanks to new optics and robot support.

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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

    Picture 1: Exposure of a single layer in a SLM process with green laser light to manufacture an internally cooled coil for inductive heat treatment.
    © 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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  • Picture 2: AKL´18– the extensive insight into the world of laser technology.
    © 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

    As a standard, the coating applied through EHLA will protect piston rods for hydraulic cylinders of IHC Vremac B.V. against corrosion on the high seas.
    © 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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