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  • LASER World of PHOTONICS 2021 under special circumstances.
    © Messe München GmbH, Germany.

    LASER World of PHOTONICS 2021 will be opening its doors in a year’s time. From June 21 to 24, 2021, the world’s leading photonics trade fair will once again be presenting innovations from the industry in Munich – this time under special circumstances due to the coronavirus crisis. After the economic slump, exhibitors and the SPECTARIS trade association see an excellent opportunity for LASER 2021 to provide impetus for economic recovery. Exhibitors can register now.

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  • One of the key goals of the EU project ADIR is to recover valuable raw materials by disassembling electronic devices that are no longer in use.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    The EU project ADIR set out to develop a completely new, automated method of recycling electronic devices by disassembling them and recovering the valuable raw materials they contain. Under the title of “Next generation urban mining – Automated disassembly, separation and recovery of valuable materials from electronic equipment”, the ADIR project team has spent the last four years developing a sustainable recycling concept. Led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, based in Aachen, Germany, and involving eight project partners from three countries, the ADIR project’s strategic goal is to reduce the EU’s dependency on natural resources, reduce the need for costly imports of raw materials, and demonstrate new technologies for inverse production.

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  • How can Additive Manufacturing help in the fight against coronavirus? The EU project AMable calls for the submission of ideas in this area. In a second step, SMEs, for example, can submit solution concepts and receive funding.
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    The coronavirus is currently paralyzing public and private life and in many places there is a lack of medical equipment and viable solutions to protect society against the spread of the virus. Together with institutions from all over Europe, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is supporting companies in the EU project AMable in implementing Additive Manufacturing ideas that will help overcome bottlenecks in this fight. Now that AMable has already successfully paved the way for SMEs to industrial 3D printing with metal and plastic, the partners are offering aid and public funding for COVID-19 projects. The AMable partners are calling for ideas to be submitted in a first step and applicable solutions for the additive manufacture of new products in a second step.

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  • From May 4 to 6, 2022, the AKL – International Laser Technology Congress will once again take place in its usual form.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Owing to the progressing coronavirus pandemic, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has decided to cancel the International Laser Technology Congress AKL in 2020. The safety and health of our attendees, partners and employees has top priority for us. The next AKL will take place from May 4 to 6, 2022, thus maintaining its regular biennial rhythm. However, so that interested parties do not have to wait another two years for the live demonstrations in Europe's largest laser system park, which are firmly anchored in the AKL, Fraunhofer ILT intends to open its doors as early as this autumn and in 2021 for various planned symposia in Aachen – provided that the general conditions allow it again.

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  • Prof. Constantin Häfner replaces Prof. Reinhart Poprawe as speaker / 2020

    Research Campus DPP receives go-ahead for 2nd funding phase

    Press Release / February 28, 2020

    In November 2019, the renowned laser physicist Prof. Constantin Häfner is to take over as director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, Germany.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Aachen. The Digital Photonic Production (DPP) Research Campus has been recommended for the 2nd funding phase by the jury. Within the framework of the second funding phase, up to 2 million euros of funding per year are now available. With an enhanced concept and 13 new industrial partners further exciting possibilities for joint basic research under one roof are thus opening up. New official speaker will be Prof. Constantin Häfner, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute ILT since November 2019 and holder of the Chair for Laser Technology LLT at RWTH Aachen University.

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  • Structuring of electrodes: Removal of the active material on a copper foil.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    AKL’20, the 13th edition of the “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress”, will take place in Aachen from May 6–8, 2020. It addresses the entire laser community: from laser manufacturers to experienced users and laser novices. A total of 87 speakers will present examples of innovative solutions from industrial practice and the latest research results, covering all target groups. As an added attraction, the 600-plus participants will be invited to experience “Laser Technology Live” in more than 90 presentations at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, which holds Europe’s largest laser park. The highlight of this year’s event is the inauguration of the institute’s new Battery Lab, which will showcase the use of lasers in the manufacture of battery cells and modules.

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  • JEC World 2020: laser processes for future composites

    Press Release / February 06, 2020

    Top hat profile with ribbing for crash tests (material combination: magnesium / PP GF30).
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Experts in composites strive to develop and research special combinations of materials for lightweight construction and other innovative applications – results of their work will be on show at JEC World in Paris from March 3 to 5, 2020. As the world’s leading trade fair for the composites industry, JEC World offers comprehensive insights into the entire value chain of custom material manufacturing and processing. The Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be taking the opportunity to showcase laser-based processes for lightweight materials and hybrid joints.

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  • A carbon fiber preform drilled using a USP laser beam with a star-shaped cut-out and a perfectly proportioned metal insert.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) components are usually assembled using fasteners. These are typically glued into the CFRP component once it has been cured and drilled. The consortium behind the CarboLase project came up with a new method, using an ultrashort pulsed laser to drill the holes for the fasteners in the textile preform with micrometer-scale accuracy. Integrating the fasteners in these high-precision cut-outs before the CFRP component is cured saves time by shortening the production process. In 2019, the project team’s efforts were rewarded with the prestigious CAMX Award in the “Combined Strength” category.

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  • The SimConDrill consortium gathered at Fraunhofer ILT in Aachen in July 2019 to discuss the current project status.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Microplastics enter our wastewater and the environment on a daily basis. Yet wastewater treatment plants struggle to filter out enough of these tiny plastic particles. Fortunately, help is on hand in the form of the SimConDrill research project, which the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been funding since 2019. Combining the expertise of five partners from industry and research, the aim of the project is to jointly develop a filter featuring tiny, laser-drilled holes that can remove plastic particles as small as 10 micrometers from wastewater. This remarkable innovation has now been nominated for the prestigious Green Award. Until February 14, 2020, you can vote online at https://greentechfestival.com/en/awards/ to support the project.

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