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  • L. t. r.: Arndt G. Kirchhoff (Kirchhoff Automotive Deutschland GmbH and patron of the event), Gerhard Backes (Chair of Digital Additive Production DAP at RWTH Aachen University), Thomas Schopphoven (Fraunhofer ILT) and presenter Dunja Hayali.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Once every three years, the German steel industry presents its Steel Innovation Awards. The purpose of this initiative is to recognize innovations that are helping to ensure this material remains a viable choice for the long term. The jury considers not just products made from steel, but also innovative processes such as Extreme High-speed Laser Material Deposition (EHLA). For the development of the EHLA process, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen won the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize in 2017. On June 13, 2018, the researchers were honoured with the 2nd Prize of the Steel Innovation Award in the “Steel in Research and Development” category for their eco-friendly laser-based alternative to chromium(VI) plating.

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  • Plus de 660 participants se sont réunis au congrès AKL’18 à Aix-la-Chapelle.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aix-la-Chapelle, Allemagne / Andreas Steindl.

    Les visiteurs du congrès international sur la technologie laser AKL'18, qui s’est tenu à Aix-la-Chapelle, en Allemagne, ont eu l'occasion unique de s’informer sur l'état actuel de la technologie laser et sur ses perspectives. L'ensemble des technologies actuelles y ont été présentées, des sources laser les plus sophistiquées aux applications telles que la fabrication additive et même la détection quantique, en passant par les nouvelles technologies de processus. Pour explorer ces domaines d'avenir, de nombreux projets ont été lancés et un tout nouveau institut interdisciplinaire de l’innovation I3 inauguré.

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  • Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Andreas Steindl.
    © More than 660 attendees met at AKL’18 in Aachen, Germany.

    Visitors to this year’s AKL – International Laser Technology Congress in Aachen, Germany, had the unique chance to see where industrial laser technology stands today and where it will be tomorrow. The congress delivered the full picture of current technologies, from advanced laser sources and new process technologies to a wide range of applications such as Additive Manufacturing or even Quantum Sensing. To research such future topics, several projects have been started, and a whole new “I³ – Integrated Interdisciplinary Institute” has been inaugurated.

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  • Dr. Axel Luft, Laserline GmbH: Prize Winner of the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2018

    Press Release of the Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. / 3.5.2018

    The winner team of the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2018 (l.t.r): Dr. Markus Baumann, Laserline GmbH, Mülheim-Kärlich, Germany; Dipl.-Ing. Thorge Hammer, Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, Germany; Dr. Axel Luft, Laserline GmbH, Mülheim-Kärlich, Germany (Team-Repräsentant); Meinulf Hinz, Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, Germany; Dipl.-Ing. Andreas van Hove, Scansonic IPT GmbH, Berlin, Germany.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Andreas Steindl.

    The Innovation Award Laser Technology 2018, initiated by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI and provided with 10 000 € prize money, has been conferred to Dr. Axel Luft, Sales Manager Global Automotive at Laserline GmbH on 2nd May 2018 in Aachen´s town hall. Dr. Axel Luft and his team have got the first place in the open prize competition with the innovation “Multi Spot Modules to Improve Joining Processes due to Tailored Spot Geometries”. The jury composed by eight international experts has selected 3 outstanding finalists among the various submitted applications. In the historical ambience of the “Coronation Hall” around 370 guests attended the awarding ceremony.

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  • Parametric source for entangled photons.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Volker Lannert.

    Selected preparation, control and use of individual photons and quantum states for modern applications – in October 2017, six Fraunhofer Institutes launched a new lighthouse project: QUILT (Quantum Methods for Advanced Imaging Solutions). The scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have begun to develop robust, marketable photon sources for imaging processes based on quantum technology. Conceivable areas of application can be found in medical or measuring technology, in which new areas of the electromagnetic spectrum can be tapped and the limits of imaging extended.

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  • The LBF process is particularly suitable for the correction of non-spherical optics in small to medium quantities.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    After having developed laser polishing, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen has now also developed an ablative process for the ultra-precise machining of optics. Laser Beam Figuring (LBF) enables an ablation of less than 5 nm. For the first time, a complete process chain for the laser-based optics production has been made possible.

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  • Fraunhofer ILT has developed an inline measuring system for sophisticated additive laser processes.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    At Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, an inline system for testing, qualifying and adjusting the focused powder jet of the nozzles of laser metal deposition machines has been developed. With this system, nozzles can be certified and the caustic characterized completely. The user can also visualize and monitor the process thanks to the camera module with integrated illumination.

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  • Demonstration: A video at the ILA Berlin Air Show shows how quickly, precisely and efficiently EHLA Laser Material Deposition works.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Volker Lannert.

    At the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show from April 25–29, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is showcasing extreme high-speed Laser Material Deposition (EHLA): A video documents how for metal components that are highly loaded, EHLA has already proved itself as an alternative to hard chrome plating, which is now allowed only under special conditions.

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  • The OptisCell process is designed for fully automated operation and works without any markers or contact.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    At this year’s analytica trade fair in Munich, three Fraunhofer Institutes will be presenting a project from pre-competitive research. Biologists, computer scientists and laser experts have developed a process to analyze and select cells and then examine their protein production. In pharmaceutical research, this will make it possible to develop active ingredients much faster than before.

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  • © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Du 2 au 4 mai 2018, les membres de la communauté du laser se réuniront pour la douzième fois à l’occasion du congrès AKL’18, organisé à Aix-la-Chapelle. Fabricants, utilisateurs ou « novices » du laser : 77 experts présenteront à ces groupes cibles des exemples innovants concrets issus de l’industrie, ainsi que les tout derniers résultats de la recherche scientifique. Plus de 600 participants venus d’Allemagne et d’ailleurs pourront entre outre assister en direct à 80 présentations consacrées aux techniques laser au sein de l’institut Fraunhofer ILT, dans le plus grand parc de machines laser d’Europe. Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant au congrès AKL’18 sur le site www.lasercongress.org et bénéficiez jusqu’au 9 mars 2018 d’une remise pour inscription anticipée !

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