Press Releases

  • Actin stained 3T3 fibroblast spheroid for LIFT transfer cultured in laser fabricated micro wells.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are working on new tools for the preparation and analysis of single cells and cell assemblies. The team developed the “Liftoscope,” a system for cell sorting for subsequent cultivation that can analyze and transfer biomaterials precisely and in a way that is gentle on cells. In addition to this system, further 3D bioprinting methods are increasingly finding their way into biotechnological research: Thanks to the development of microfluidic organ-on-a-chip systems, various cells can be arranged in a defined and reproducible manner to form artificial tissues. Fraunhofer ILT experts will be presenting the results of their research at analytica in Munich from June 21 - 24.

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  • Bipolar plate functionalized with USP laser microstructuring (bipolar plate design: Dana Victor Reinz).
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    The success of the energy transition is closely linked to continued research into hydrogen technologies. A major goal of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is to make the fuel cell ready for series production. To this end, the Aachen researchers are setting up a hydrogen laboratory on more than 300 square meters of laboratory space: Here, a wide range of laser technology test facilities will offer public projects and industrial cooperation a research platform that is unique in Germany. On May 5, 2022, the new Hydrogen Lab will open its doors for the first time to participants of the “International Laser Technology Congress AKL'22” in Aachen as part of ILT’s biannual event “Laser Technology Live.”

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  • Taking the fight to microplastics with lasers

    Press Release / April 01, 2022

    59 million holes in the filter plate of the first laser-drilled filter for the filtration of microplastics from municipal wastewater.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Until now, wastewater treatment plants have not been able to sufficiently filter out tiny microplastics in wastewater, but this could soon change: The first laser-drilled microplastic filter is being tested in a wastewater treatment plant. It contains sheets with extremely small holes just 10 micrometers in diameter. The technology to efficiently drill millions of such holes was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, and now the institute’s engineers are scaling up ultrashort-pulse (USP) laser technology in the kW range. Visitors can learn more about the microplastic filter and ultrashort-pulse lasers at the Fraunhofer booth A6.441 at LASER World of PHOTONICS.

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  • LASER World of PHOTONICS / 2022

    Fraunhofer showcasing innovations at the World of Quantum

    Press Release of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft / March 31, 2022

    Addressing optics for an optical quantum computer from Fraunhofer IOF in Jena.
    © Fraunhofer IOF, Jena, Germany.

    The World of Quantum is celebrating its premiere this year at the world's lead-ing trade fair for photonics. The LASER trade fair is thus taking the rapidly growing market for quantum technologies into account. From April 26 to 29, several Fraunhofer institutes will be presenting their latest developments in this field and their respective areas of application in Hall A4, Booth 180.

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  • With QuTech, Fraunhofer ILT is developing e.g. key components for the quantum internet (shown here: laboratory prototype for a low-noise quantum frequency converter).
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Quantum technologies offer great potential for the development of disruptive applications such as in communication, computing, imaging and sensor technology. In the Rhenish region, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is initiating strategic alliances with its partners to advance photonics-based quantum technologies. Together with Forschungszentrum Jülich, Fraunhofer ILT is coordinating the establishment of a Center of Quantum Science and Engineering CQSE to open the way for a high-growth innovation ecosystem. In addition, a quantum internet node is to be installed in Aachen in cooperation with the Dutch QuTech as part of a transnational network.

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  • For complex geometries, such as on this blade tooth, or where wear is uneven, AI-based process optimization will enable significant gains in efficiency.
    © Apollo Machine and Welding Ltd, Canada.

    Additive processes are gaining ground over conventional production technologies, for not only are they more flexible, they are also more economical and more functional. Only their productivity still lags behind conventional processes. A German-Canadian consortium is now tackling this with Artificial Intelligence (AI): Thanks to new software for process control, laser material deposition, in particular, shall be automatically optimized and become considerably more productive.

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  • Digital ICTM Conference 2022: Achieving climate targets in turbomachinery engineering through digitization

    Press Release of the Fraunhofer IPT and Fraunhofer ILT / January 17, 2022

    In order to achieve the specified goals of resource conservation and compliance with emission targets, companies need new approaches along the entire life cycle. How this can be achieved is the central question of the sixth ICTM Conference, which will take place digitally on February 16 and 17, 2022.
    © Fraunhofer IPT, Aachen, Germany.

    The effects of climate change are leading to a change of perspective not only in industry and society: Manufacturers and suppliers of engines and stationary turbomachinery have long recognized that the overriding goals of conserving resources and reducing emissions can now only be achieved if they are able to implement both evolutionary and revolutionary concepts along the entire product life cycle. How to succeed in meeting the associated challenges in the manufacture and repair of turbomachinery is the central question of the sixth ICTM Conference, which will be held on February 16 and 17, 2022, which will be held completely digitally for the first time. Discounted early bird tickets are available until January 23 and online registration is open until February 11, 2022.

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  • Extreme high-speed Laser Material Deposition EHLA with innovative TRUMPF system technology.
    © TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG (Holding), Ditzingen, Germany.

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen and TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH from Ditzingen have signed a cooperation agreement. They want to cooperate more closely in the field of Laser Material Deposition and accelerate the transfer of the technology to industry. Customers will benefit from the unique combination of world-leading laser system technology and many years of application-specific process know-how.

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  • Fraunhofer and QuTech unite to champion quantum internet

    Press Release / December 14, 2021

    Fraunhofer and QuTech jointly strengthen Europe's innovative power and develop new technologies for quantum communication and quantum information networks. Shown here: laboratory prototype for a low-noise quantum frequency converter.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Dutch research center QuTech—a collaboration of TU Delft and TNO—are joining forces in the fields of quantum communication and quantum information networks. Together, they are positioning themselves as leading organizations for the development and transfer of quantum technologies to strengthen Europe's innovative power and pave the way for the quantum internet. Today, the partners have signed a memorandum of understanding for close cooperation.

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  • Die Kupferfolie wird durch eine Schlitzdüse mit einer Elektrodenpaste kontinuierlich beschichtet.
    © Studio Wiegel/Fraunhofer.

    The IDEEL research project, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the Battery 2020 funding program, aims to launch a laser drying process for a more climate-friendly and economical series production of lithium-ion batteries. The results will be incorporated into the Fraunhofer Research Fab Battery Cells (Forschungsfertigung Batteriezelle) in Münster, Germany, which will enable users from both industry and research to test and optimize the series production of new batteries.

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