When thin layers are sufficient for heavy mechanical engineering

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are working with ADMOS Gleitlager GmbH to develop a promising alternative to solid rolling bearings for wind turbines. They aim to use extreme high-speed laser material deposition EHLA to produce low-cost and low-maintenance sliding bearings. This resource-saving and economical process can reduce weight and costs by up to 20 to 30 percent. The research project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and offers a promising solution to help expand wind power quickly.