Completed Collaborative Projects

On this page you will find a selection of completed collaborative projects of the Fraunhofer ILT. Detailed information can be found on the respective project websites.

"AdaM" – Adaptive Production for Resource Efficiency in Energy and Mobility

The "AdaM" project partners have set themselves the goal of meeting the global socio-political challenges in mobility, energy and climate. Increasing resource efficiency in energy supply and mobility should bring not only economic but also ecological benefits. By mastering complex technologies, the project partners developed a unique selling point and established this sustainably by expanding cooperation possibilities.

Project Information

Title “AdaM” – Adaptive Production for Resource Efficiency in Energy and Mobility
Term 1.3.2013 – 30.9.2015
Supported by European Union
Website http://www.innovationscluster-adam.de/
Contact Person Dr. Andres Gasser

"AddBo" – Increasing the service life of tools and the process reliability through additively manufactured, functionally adapted threading tools made of high-speed steel

The aim of the research project is to additively manufacture threading tools made of high-speed steel by means of Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF). The additivley manufactured tools lead to increased process reliability and service life in use, especially in SMEs, through customised cooling channel geometries. The economic Additive Manufacturing is systematically investigated by considering and adapting the entire manufacturing process chain of threading tools.

In order to work out the objective, an economic processing of a crack-prone high-speed steel by means of LPBF under the lowest possible geometric restrictions for complex components is investigated. The post-processing of the additive parts by means of hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and heat treatment as well as the resulting mechanical characteristic values are determined in order to define an economic manufacturing process chain for additive components made of high-speed steel. Based on the boundary conditions, the coolant supply of threading tools is optimized in terms of fluid mechanics in order to reduce pressure losses in the tool. In combination with an FEM simulation, the tool design is iteratively revised to ensure the best possible fluid flow with the most stable tool possible.

The overall result of the project is a set of design guidelines for the design and manufacture of tools, enabling SMEs to implement the results of the project directly in their production. The technological advantage for SMEs to produce and use more efficient threading tools in their production and use them in production leads to a long-term expansion of competitive advantages.

Project Information

Title "AddBo" – Increasing the service life of tools and the process reliability through additively manufactured, functionally adapted threading tools made of high-speed steel
Term 01.01.2021 – 31.12.2022
Supported by Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen AiF, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie BMWi
Contact Person Tim Lücke M.Sc.

"AddSteel" – Development of new functionally adapted steel materials for Additive Manufacturing

The German steel industry and the German mechanical and plant engineering sector are of particular importance for securing an efficient and innovative industrial landscape in North Rhine-Westphalia. To ensure this performance, it is essential to develop new steel materials from which innovative components with adapted properties (e.g. weight reduction) can be manufactured. In this context, Additive Manufacturing with Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) offers outstanding potential for manufacturing industrial and functionally improved products directly from digital data, thus changing the supply network in the long term. However, according to the current state of the art, no steel materials are qualified for the LPBF process that are required in mechanical and plant engineering, or the processing of these steel materials (case-hardened and heat-treated steels) using LPBF leads to the formation of cracks and defects, making industrial use impossible.

Extensive studies on the adaptation of LPBF process control and system technology do not go far enough to process these steel materials, whose alloy compositions are designed for conventional production routes (primary forming, machining), by means of LPBF. For this reason, the aim of the research project is to make new steel materials processable for use in mechanical and plant engineering through iterative alloy development or adaptation in combination with systematic adaptation of the LPBF process control and plant technology. Based on the developed steel materials, LPBF process control and plant technology, demonstrators will be produced which represent two manufacturing scenarios in machine and plant construction (new and spare components). Subsequently, the components will be tested with regard to their performance and an economic feasibility analysis will be carried out.

Project Information

Title "AddSteel" – Development of new functionally adapted steel materials for Additive Manufacturing
Term 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2021
Project sponsor Projektträger Jülich (PtJ)
Supported by European Regional Development Fund in the field of investment in growth and employment (EFRE)
Contact Person Lukas Masseling M.Sc. 

"AddToP" – Development of a Technology Processor for Additive Manufacturing Using LPBF

As part of the "AddToP" project, Fraunhofer ILT and partners from industry are developing a technology processor for Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) for the Additive Manufacturing of components made of Ti6Al4V. The technology processor enables the process parameters used to be adapted to the specific component geometry and the requirements of the user. In this way, the Additive Manufacturing process can be adapted to specific requirements of the application and process speed, robustness and component quality can be increased.

Project Information

Title "AddToP" – Development of a Technology Processor for Additive Manufacturing Using LPBF
Term 01.12.2018 – 31.11.2021
Project sponsor Leitmarktagentur NRW
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)
Contact Person Tobias Pichler M.Sc.

"ADIR" – Next Generation Urban Mining – Automated Disassembly, Separation and Recovery of Valuable Materials from Electronic Equipment

Technology metals or rare earth elements are important raw materials found in almost every electronic small appliance we use daily. However, the natural deposits of these elements are limited, and these materials must also be obtained in elaborate and often environmentally harmful processes from the appropriate ores. Using these raw materials sustainably is, therefore, becoming increasingly important. For this reason, instead of extracting raw materials, the industry is favoring material recovery: the recycling of old, unusable equipment. The Fraunhofer ILT, together with numerous international partners, is breaking new ground in the research of modern recycling processes in the project ADIR (Next Generation Urban Mining – Automated Disassembly, Separation and Recovery of Valuable Materials from Electronic Equipment). Funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework from September 2015 to August 2019, ADIR is exploring ways to make recycling processes more effective and efficient with the help of laser technology.

The recycling and extraction of raw materials from „electronic waste“ has been growing for some time now and became the recognized state of the art in the field of electronic devices since the mid-1990s. Nevertheless, the recycling processes are subject to constant development. In conventional recycling, the equipment is usually shredded. From the resulting mix of plastics, metals and glass, the desired raw materials are extracted in metallurgical or chemical processes. In this process, however, valuable raw materials are lost. ADIR has set itself the goal of using laser-based methods to recognize the corresponding materials in the device and to separate them in a targeted manner from the other materials and recyclables in subsequent work steps.

 

Project Information

Title “ADIR” – Next Generation Urban Mining – Automated Disassembly, Separation and Recovery of Valuable Materials from Electronic Equipment
Term 1.9.2015 – 31.8.2019
Project Sponsor European Commission
Supported by Horizon2020:
H2020-EU 2.1.5.
H2020-EU 2.1.5.3.
Website www.adir.eu
Contact Person Dr. Cord Fricke-Begemann

"AlPhaMat" – Light-sensitive phase transition materials for the additive production of polymer products

The aim of the project is the avoidance of waste, manual efforts and costs caused by support structures in lithographic 3D printing processes. Materials are under development which have an UV-curing property and an additional thermal phase transition. These materials are supposed to be processed without support structures in combination with Fraunhofer ILT's TwoCure® technology.

Project Information

Title "AlPhaMat" – Light-sensitive phase transition materials for the additive production of polymer products
Term 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2022
Project sponsor Leitmarktagentur NRW – NeueWerkstoffe.NRW
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)
Contact Person Andreas Hoffmann M.Sc.

“ALISE” – DLR Joint Research Project – Diode-pumped Alexandrite Laser Instrument for Next Generation Satellite-based Earth Observation

ALISE (Diode-pumped Alexandrite Laser Instrument for Next Generation Satellite-based Earth Observation) is supervised by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Together with the Leibniz Institute for Atmospheric Physics (IAP) and the subcontractor Airbus Defence & Space, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are conducting research into optical technologies for satellite-based observation of the global climate.

Project Information

Title “ALISE” – DLR Joint Research Project – Diode-pumped Alexandrite Laser Instrument for Next Generation Satellite-based Earth Observation
Term 1.8.2016 – 31.7.2018
Project Sponsor German Aerospace Center DLR
Supported by Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Website Project Website “ALISE”
Contact Person Dr. Michael Strotkamp

“AMable” – Support for the uptake of Additive Manufacturing

The AMable project facilitates the uptake of additive manufacturing in companies. The partners – institutes and companies with a wealth of experience in the field of additive manufacturing – provide comprehensive knowledge and support to European SME’s, midcaps and industry. The experts accompany each idea from the start to the first prototype – each challenge receives a business case assessment to identify the potential of the idea, the suitable services to develop it and a roadmap to ramp up production for a successful market entry.

AMable implements the Industrial Dataspace principle for Additive Manufacturing which follows the paradigm of leaving the data with the owner to put each participant in full command of his intellectual property. AMable also creates a Blockchain app that enables a continuous secured documentation of creation and change across the product evolution. Data owners use this app to chain a digital fingerprint of their files for later reference or content integrity validation.

Feasibility of functional requirements is ensured by design recommendations from the experts who use the latest construction and simulation tools. For example, visualization services involve new technologies in virtual and augmented reality. Complete use cases will be stored in the AMable Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) to provide a rich variety of solutions to new projects.

The European Commission supports the AMable project which is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in the context of the I4MS initiative.

Project Information

Title “AMable” - Additively Manufacturable
Term 01.09.2017 – 31.08.2021
Supported by European Union, Horizon 2020, FOF-12-2017 - ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS), No. 768775
Website www.amable.eu
Contact Person Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Ulrich Thombansen M.Sc. B. Eng. (hon) 

“ArtiVasc 3D” – Artificial vascularized scaffolds for 3D-tissue regeneration

Vascularization is one of the most important and highly challenging issues in the development of soft tissue. It is necessary to supply cells with nutrition within a multilayer tissue, for example in artificial skin. Our research on artificial skin is driven by an increasing demand for two main applications: for the field of regenerative medicine, victims must be provided with soft tissue implants, as well as soft tissue is necessary after traumatic injuries and tumour treatment. Secondly, to substitute the expensive and ethically disputed pharmaceutical tests on animals by artificial vascularized test beds to simulate the uptake of the pharmaceuticals into the blood.

Project Information

Title “ArtiVasc 3D” – Artificial vascularized scaffolds for 3D-tissue regeneration
Term 1.11.2011 – 31.10.2015
Supported by European Union
Website http://www.artivasc.eu/
Contact Person Dr. Arnold Gillner
Dr. Nadine Nottrodt

“BI-TRE” – Biophotonic Technologies for Tissue Repair

The joint project BI-TRE investigated efficient, reliable and cost-effective methods for the microsurgical bonding of small blood vessels and the laser fixing of wound pads in the mouth and throat.

Project Information

Title “BI-TRE” – Biophotonic Technologies for Tissue Repair
Term 1.9.2015 – 31.8.2017
Project Sponsor Photonics research Germany funding initiative "Biophotonische Geräte für die angewandten Lebenswissenschaften und den Gesundheitssektor - BiophotonicsPlus"
Supported by German Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF)
Contact Person Dr. Martin Wehner

“BONE” – Biofabrication of Orthopaedics in a New Era

The aim of the Interreg NWE BONE project, led by Prof. Lorenzo Morono, MERLN Insitute, Maastricht University is to research new methods for the improved treatment of bone fractures and to strengthen the performance of the North-West European economy. The four-year project started in March 2017. Eight partners from industry and research from the Netherlands, Germany, England, Ireland, France and Belgium have joined forces for this purpose.

Project Information

Title “BONE” – Biofabrication of Orthopaedics in a New Era
Term 01.04.2017 – 31.12.2021
Supported by Interreg NWE, European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)
Website Project Website “BONE”
Contact Person Dr. Nadine Nottrodt

“BRIDLE” – Brilliant Industrial Diode Laser

Diode lasers are the most efficient technology for converting electrical energy into useful light. However, this efficiency is not available to most industrial users due to the low brilliance of direct diode sources. The BRIDLE project seeks to remove this limitation, delivering a technological breakthrough in cost effective, high-brilliance diode lasers for industrial applications. By harnessing the power and efficiency of diode lasers, the project aims to develop an affordable direct diode laser source for industrial applications requiring the cutting and welding of sheet metal.

Project Information

Title “BRIDLE” – Brilliant Industrial Diode Laser
Term 1.9.2012 – 30.4.2016
Supported by European Union, Framework 7
Website https://cordis.europa.eu/
Contact Person Dr. Martin Traub

“BRITESPACE” – High Brightness Semiconductor Laser Sources for Space Applications in Earth Observation

The final goal of BRITESPACE project is the realization of an Integrated Path Differential Absorption (IPDA) LIDAR system based on a high performance semiconductor laser source for the measurement of carbon dioxide concentration in the Earth atmosphere from satellite based space missions. IPDA LIDAR basically works on the use of two different wavelengths for the measurement of CO2 concentration: one wavelength is strongly absorbed (λOFF) and the other is lightly absorbed by the gas (λON). Additionally, the laser light is modulated or pulsed in order to allow the measurement of the height of the air column under measurement.

Project Information

Title “BRITESPACE” – High Brightness Semiconductor Laser Sources for Space Applications in Earth Observation
Term 3.12.2012 – 30.4.2016
Supported by European Union, 7th Framework Programme -Space
Website http://www.britespace.eu/
Contact Person Dr. Martin Traub

“CarboLase” – Hochproduktive, automatisierte und maßgeschneiderte Just-in-Time FVK-Bauteilfertigung

The CarboLase project aims to develop, interlink and evaluate an automated production chain for the manufacture of functionalized carbon fiber preforms. The project will present a robotic- and sensor-assisted route starting from the singling of flat carbon fiber textiles, to stacking and binding, laser-beam processing for the manufacture of functional boreholes up to the integration of force-transmission elements. Thanks to the automated and self-regulating process steps, small to medium batch sizes of CFRP components can be produced economically.

Project Information

Title “CarboLase” – Hochproduktive, automatisierte und maßgeschneiderte Just-in-Time FVK-Bauteilfertigung
Term 1.3.2017 – 28.2.2019
Supported by Europäische Union: EFRE – Europäischer Fonds für Regionale Entwicklung, Land Nordrhein Westfalen 
Contact Person Dr. Stefan Janssen

“CardioPatch” – Vascularized, bioartificial myocardal muscle from induced pluripotent stem cells

The project aims to develop an artificial blood vessel system for the production of biotechnologically generated heart tissue. This is an important step towards fully functional artificial tissues and organs.

Project Information

Title “CardioPatch” – Vascularized, bioartificial myocardal muscle from induced pluripotent stem cells
Term 01.12.2019 - 30.11.2022
Project sponsor LeitmarktAgentur.NRW / Projektträger Jülich (PtJ)
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE), State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Contact Person Dr. Elke Bremus-Köbberling

“CeGlaFlex” – Process Chain for Form-Flexible Ceramic and Glass-Based Switching and Display Elements

According to the current state of the art, there are only inadequate approaches and methods to produce thin ceramics in a continuous process chain with high transparency, high dimensional accuracy as well as high surface and edge quality. But not only is there a lack of transparent, form-flexible ceramics, suitable processing technologies are also needed with which 3D components can be produced with the required qualities of surfaces and edges. Furthermore, there are currently no processes available which can treat the ceramic thin-glass composites necessary for a functional electronic component with switching and display functions. In the joint Fraunhofer project CeGlaFlex, the partners will investigate and develop, therefore, processes and process chains that can machine form-flexible ceramic and glass-based switching and display elements.

The project has set itself the goals 0f developing processes and process chains that can

  • Produce thin and hence form-flexible transparent ceramics and display laminates with a thickness in the range of 100 μm,
  • Process transparent, form-flexible ceramics and thin glass composites with high three-dimensional geometrical flexibility without damaging the material functions and
  • Produce integrated switching and display elements on form-flexible substrates made of ceramic-glass composites.

Project Information

Title “CeGlaFlex” – Process Chain for Form-Flexible Ceramic and Glass-Based Switching and Display Elements
Term 01.03.2017 -29.02.2020
Supported by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Contact Person Dipl.-Phys. Martin Reininghaus

Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries”

In the Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries", Aachen-based production and materials scientists developed concepts and technologies for sustainable economic production.

A total of 18 chairs and institutes of the RWTH Aachen University as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT were involved in the project. The Cluster of Excellence, endowed with approximately 40 million euros, was thus the most comprehensive research initiative in Europe with the aim of maintaining production in high-wage countries.

Project Information

Title Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries”
Term 2006 - 2017
Project Sponsor German Research Foundation (DFG)
Supported by German Research Foundation as part of the Federal Excellence Initiative EXC 128 
Website http://www.produktionstechnik.rwth-aachen.de/
Contact Person Dr. Christian Hinke

“ComMUnion” – Net-shape joining technology to manufacture 3D multi-materials components based on metal alloys and thermoplastic composites

The ComMUnion project is dealing with the efficient production of 3D metal/CFRP multi-material components. High-speed laser texturing, surface cleaning, laser-assisted CFRP tape laying and process monitoring are to be integrated into a robot-based production cell. The ILT is developing a polygon scanner beam deflection system for the laser texturing to generate undercut structures with high surface rates in the metallic joining partner to enable high-strength connections to the CFRP tape.

Project Information

Title “ComMUnion” – Net-shape joining technology to manufacture 3D multi-materials components based on metal alloys and thermoplastic composites
Term 1.12.2015 – 31.5.2019
Project Sponsor European Commission
Supported by Horizon 2020 – The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, No. 680567
Website http://communionproject.eu
Contact Person 
Dr. Oliver Nottrodt

"EFFPROVIA" - Efficiency increase in the LPBF process and expansion of the processable powder materials by means of a vibration-excited powder application tool

The goal of the research project “EFFPROVIA” is to significantly increase the efficiency of the LPBF-process, on the one hand through the reduction of non-productive times by means of a vibration-stimulated and accelerated powder recoating and on the other hand through the processability of more cost-efficient, water-atomized powder materials. Analyses of the mechanical properties of test specimens accompanying the project are intended to ensure the applicability of the process modifications developed in the project. In this way, the results can be transferred to specific application examples from SMEs without having to carry out complex material and system qualification processes.

Project Information

Title "EFFPROVIA" - Efficiency increase in the LPBF process and expansion of the processable powder materials by means of a vibration-excited powder application tool
Term 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2022
Supported by Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen AiF, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie BMWi
Contact Person Christian Weiß M.Sc.

"ENLAPRO" - Energy-efficient, laser-based production process for tribological coatings on highly stressed components

The aim of the joint project is to develop an energy-efficient laser-based production process for tribological coatings on highly stressed components based on the high-performance polymer polyetheretherketone (PEEK).

The innovative process enables a significant increase in energy efficiency, a sustainable reduction in material loss and the avoidance of the use of chemical cleaning agents and blasting media.

Project Information

Title "ENLAPRO" - Energy-efficient, laser-based production process for tribological coatings on highly stressed components
Term 01.12.2018 - 30.11.2021
Project sponsor LeitmarktAgentur.NRW / Projektträger Jülich (PtJ)
Supported by European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE) and funding by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Contact Person Marius Dahmen M.Sc. 

“EVEREST” – Development of Intelligent Process and System Technology for Extreme High-Speed Laser Material Deposition

The focus of EVEREST is to develop an intelligent process and system technology for extreme high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA) in order to make the technology available to broad industrial application. In addition to the development of robust processes for rollers in the chemical and paper industry, the partners will develop systems for automated geometry detection, tool path planning as well as process monitoring for intelligent repairs and hybrid additive manufacturing and will integrate them into a demonstration machine.

Project Information

Title “EVEREST” – Development of Intelligent Process and System Technology for Extreme High-Speed Laser Material Deposition
Term 01.04.2017 – 31.03.2020
Project Sponsor Projektträger Jülich / Leitmarktagentur NRW
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)
Contact Person Dr. Thomas Schopphoven

“eVerest” – Machine and system technology for efficient production of large-format 3D forming tools with design surfaces

The goal of the eVerest project is to develop highly flexible machine technology for precision laser processing, focusing on an increase of the effective ablation rate. With it, functional structures can be generated in tools and components at the highest geometric resolutions in the micrometer range without the user needing essential knowledge of the actual technology. All necessary subdomains of laser processing are integrated into the machine and operating concept, such as the virtual design of the product including the development and visualization of the structures while also taking the new possibilities of laser surface processing into account.

Project Information

Title “eVerest” – Machine and system technology for efficient production of large-format 3D forming tools with design surfaces
Term 1.1.2016 – 30.6.2019
Project Sponsor Projektträger Karlsruhe (PTKA)
Supported by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 
Website Project Website "eVerest"
Contact Person   M. Sc. Andreas Brenner

“FlexHyJoin” – Flexible production cell for Hybrid Joining

The FlexHyJoin project is developing a fully automated process for joining TP-FRP with metal in multi-material construction. With induction and laser welding, two processes are combined in a fully automated production cell that complement each other perfectly. By implementing innovative surface structures in the metal, which are created by means of laser radiation, it is possible to achieve a positive fit and thus an optimized adhesion for hybrid components, without any additional materials such as adhesives. Due to a high degree of automation and a considerable reduction in cycle time, FlexHyJoin will advance the extensive use of hybrid components in automotive series production.

Project Information

Title “FlexHyJoin” – Flexible production cell for Hybrid Joining
Term 1.10.2015 – 31.12.2018
Project Sponsor European Commission
Supported by Horizon 2020 – The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, No. 677625
Website https://www.flexhyjoin.eu/
Contact Person 
Dipl. Wirt.-Ing. Christoph Engelmann

“FOCUS” – Flexible and robot-based surface structuring using position controlling and USP fiber guidance for 3D free-form geometries

The goal of the FOCUS project is the development of a flexible laser processing based on a commercial 6-axis robot. With the help of a sensor-based position detection and control, accuracies of <10 µm are to be achieved. In addition, the development of a fiber-guided ultrashort pulse laser is expected to open up further areas of application with regard to surface functionalization and highly-increased precision. In contrast to longer pulse durations in the nanosecond range, a significantly improved surface quality is achieved while maintaining the same productivity.

Project Information

Title “FOCUS” – Flexible and robot-based surface structuring using position controlling and USP fiber guidance for 3D free-form geometries
Term 01.07.2019 - 30.06.2022
Project Sponsor LeitmarktAgentur.NRW / Projektträger Jülich (PtJ)
Supported by European Regional Development Fund in the field of investment in growth and employment (EFRE)
Contact Person Andreas Brenner M.Sc.

“Form-LIGHT” – Development of a mechanical interlocking plastic/light-metal hybrid composite with a Class A surface

In lighting applications as in many other segments, the trend towards lightweight construction and increased functionality is making it increasingly necessary to combine disparate materials with one another in a single product. By combining the good thermal conductivity of die-cast components with the high surface quality of injection-moulded parts, it is possible to satisfy the stringent demands of LED technology. 

The aim of this cooperation project is to develop a hybrid, amorphous thermoplastic/light-metal composite. The joining technology used for this is a quasi-full-area microscale laser structuring on the light-metal component. Through the back-moulding of the structured surface, the composite is produced during the moulding of the plastic. This high-strength material composite is resistant to changing temperatures and can also be optimised with regard to its media-proof characteristics. It can be used to produce functional, load-bearing components with decorative covering components in a single part, whereby build volume and weight as well as logistics and assembly costs can be significantly reduced through shorter process chains.

Project Information

Title “Form-LIGHT” – Development of a mechanical interlocking plastic/light-metal hybrid composite with a Class A surface
Term 1.06.2019 – 31.05.2022
Project Sponsor LeitmarktAgentur.NRW
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)
Website https://www.ikv-aachen.de/en/research/formlight/
Contact Person Kira van der Straeten M.Sc.

“FSEM II” – Fraunhofer Systemforschung Elektromobilität

"Fraunhofer Systemforschung Elektromobilität" is a joint project funded by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. During the project period (2013 to 2015), 16 Fraunhofer Institutes worked on project topics in the clusters "powertrain / chassis", "battery / range extender" and "construction methods / infrastructure". With the development of innovative technologies and components for hybrid and electric vehicles, the partners created attractive offers for the automotive industry.

Project Information

Title “FSEM II” – Fraunhofer Systemforschung Elektromobilität
Term 1.3.2013 – 31.12.2016
Project Sponsor Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Supported by German Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF)
Website http://www.elektromobilitaet.fraunhofer.de/
Contact Person Dr. Alexander Olowinsky

“futureAM” - Next Generation Additive Manufacturing

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has launched a new cooperation platform to continue developing the additive manufacturing of metallic components: the lighthouse project futureAM. Six project partners, the Fraunhofer Institutes ILT, IWS, IWU, IGD and IFAM, as well as the Fraunhofer Research Institution IAPT, will secure Germany's technological lead in the field of additive manufacturing and make distributed resources more usable in a decentralized manner. One goal is to significantly accelerate 3D printing of metal parts while reducing manufacturing costs. The collaboration will create new digital process chains as well as scalable and robust AM processes. In addition, the institutes will develop corresponding system technology and automation and expand the range of processable materials.

In a joint ”Virtual Lab“, the futureAM partners will develop demonstrator components that show the practical suitability and the potential of the technologies developed. They will digitally map real systems and processes and optimize them by means of simulation tools – enabling users, for example, to make better predictions, or to detect and eliminate errors more quickly.

The project structure encompasses four fields of activity, which are intended to help secure the technological lead in AM: 1. Industry 4.0 and Digital Process Chains, 2. Scalable and Robust AM Processes, 3. Materials, and 4. System Technology and Automation. Fraunhofer ILT in Aachen, which will coordinate the lighthouse project for a period of three years, is in charge of the second field of activity. The scientists from Aachen are developing robust additive manufacturing processes as well as novel plant designs with large building spaces to increase process scalability.

Project Information

Title “futureAM” - Next Generation Additive Manufacturing
Term 1.7.2017 – 30.6.2020
Supported by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
Website Project Website “futureAM”

“HoLiB” – High throughput processes for the production of lithium ion batteries

To cover the growing demand of lithium ion batteries, an increase in the productivity for cell assembly processes is necessary. The process steps of cutting, packaging and contacting are a bottleneck in the process chain and limit the output of the cell assembly process significantly. The project “HoLiB – High throughput processes for the production of lithium ion batteries” aims to increase the productivity of these process steps by the development of new technologies and the reduction of non-value-adding times within the process chain.

Regarding the cutting, a laser die cutter is developed which is able to cut electrodes within milliseconds while the electrode material is supplied continuously from a coil. A newly developed rotating stacking wheel places the electrode sheets for the packaging process. This technology replaces the pick-and-place process of a robot, as a further increase in productivity is limited for pick-and-place-processes. Laser welding is used for contacting of the electrode stack. Process quality and process speed are optimisation parameters for the welding process.

The project aims to link the different process steps as mentioned above. Therefore, the supply of the rotating stacking wheel by the laser die cutter and the electrode feed is very flexible. This leads to the reduction of buffers and waiting times and connects the process steps efficiently.
The developed technologies are realised in a prototype. An inline quality assurance is implemented in the prototype to evaluate the processes. An electrochemical analysis of fully assembled cells completes the assessment of the process.
The results of the project highly influence the productivity increase the cell assembly process of lithium ion batteries.

Project Information

Title “HoLiB” – High throughput processes for the production of lithium ion batteries
Term 1.10.2019 - 30.9.2022
Supported by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 
Website https://www.prozell-cluster.de/en/projects/holib/
Contact Person Dr. Alexander Olowinsky

“HoPro-3D” - Hohe Produktivität in der additiven Fertigung durch die Kombination von DLP mit MPP

Multiphoton polymerization (MPP) allows components to be produced with great precision – a resolution <1 μm – thanks to photo-crosslinking. Owing the high resolution, however, the build rates are so small that an economical production of components is hardly possible.

When MPP is combined with a printer based on digital light processing (DLP) for large area meshing (DLP), the build rate for a typical microfluidic device can be increased to such an extent that the process provides economical solutions for small lot production.

Project Information

Title “HoPro-3D” - Hohe Produktivität in der additiven Fertigung durch die Kombination von DLP mit MPP
Term 01.11.2018 – 31.10.2021
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE), State of North Rhine-Westphalia 
Contact Person Dr. Martin Wehner

“HyTraM” - Development of a high-strength and thermal shock-resistant hybrid material compound of transparent materials for innovative functional and design components

A novel laser-based connection technology will be developed in which the surface of glass components can be modified by micro- and nanoscale laser structuring. Thanks to this technology, high-strength and temperature change resistant plastic-glass composites can be produced with thermoplastics and subsequent laser transmission welding or injection molding. The new joining and assembly technology significantly shortens process chains, eliminates additional materials and process steps and expands the design options for functional components.

Project Information

Title “HyTraM” - Development of a high-strength and thermal shock-resistant hybrid material compound of transparent materials for innovative functional and design components
Term 01.11.2018 – 31.10.2021
PROJECT SPONSOR Leitmarktagentur NRW
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)
Contact Person Jan Schnabel M. Sc. 

“IDEA” – Industrialization of Digital Engineering and Additive Manufacturing (AM)

Generative manufacturing processes have the potential to increase the flexibility of industrial production and to integrate connected customers and business partners more firmly within the production process. Additive laser or electron beam technology can be used to manufacture even very complex structures without major additional outlay. This opens the door to customized mass production. However, the production processes for parts produced using additive methods remain time consuming and expensive since the majority of the individual steps in the process are performed in isolation from one another and involve considerable manual intervention. This means that there is considerable capacity for saving time and manufacturing costs by linking various steps in the additive manufacturing process.

Project Information

Title “IDEA” – Industrialization of Digital Engineering and Additive Manufacturing (AM)
Term 1.5.2019 - 30.4.2022
Supported by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Photonik Forschung Deutschland, "Line integration of additive manufacturing processes (LAF)" funding initiative
WEBSITE Project Website ”IDEA“

“INSPIRE” – Interferometric Distance Sensor System with Autonomous Subsystems for High-Precision Inline Measurements to Control Automated Manufacturing Processes

The goal of “INSPIRE” is to create an interferometric distance sensor system for absolute measurement which is also capable of performing simultaneous inline detection of the macroscopic and microscopic geometric workpiece properties of metal semi-finished products.

Project Information

Title Interferometric Distance Sensor System with Autonomous Subsystems for High-Precision Inline Measurements to Control Automated Manufacturing Processes – “INSPIRE”
Term 01.04.2017 – 31.12.2019
Project Sponsor Fraunhofer ILT
Supported by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Website Project Webseite “INSPIRE”
Contact Person Dr. Stefan Hölters

“i-Recycle

i-Recycle is linked to the ADIR project. ADIR explores new ways of extracting rare raw materials. As these are mainly used in electronic devices, the additional project, i-Recycle, collects used official mobile phones of the employees of the Fraunhofer Institutes and the Fraunhofer central administration so that technologies investigated in ADIR can be examined in practical test series.

 

Project Information

Title i-Recycle
Term 01.02.2016 - 30.11.2019
Project Sponsor Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten
Forschung e.V.
Supported by European Union
Website www.adir.eu
Contact Person Dr. Achim Lenenbach

“LaMeta” - Laserbasierte Metallisierung zum Fügen von hybriden Werkstoffkombinationen

High-performance components are increasingly being produced through a combination of various multi- and hybrid materials. For such combinations to succeed, a suitable joining technology is needed since there are few technologies to produce a reliable joint with these new, innovative materials, especially dissimilar ones. Such materials include ceramics (e.g., SiC) as well as metals and lightweight metals (e.g., Al, Cu, Ti). With special active solders and at temperatures above 850 °C, materials with difficult-to-wet surfaces can be provided with a metallic layer in a vacuum or inert gas. However, when complete components are heated, internal tension and, thus, cracks can often occur. For this reason, LaMeta aims to develop solders of suspensions with microparticles that have a metallization temperature up to 50% lower than previous ones, and to apply them to components locally where metallization is needed. Subsequently, the suspension is selectively heated with laser radiation so that a cohesive connection with the base material is formed as a thin metallization layer. In further steps, conventional joining can be carried out at low stress.

Project Information

Title “LaMeta” - Laserbasierte Metallisierung zum Fügen von hybriden Werkstoffkombinationen
Term 01.12.2018 – 30.11.2021
PROJECT SPONSOR Projektträger Jülich / Leitmarktagentur NRW
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)
Contact Person Dr. Andreas Weisheit

“LaserRoll” – High-resolution laser structuring of printing and embossing cylinders for roll-to-roll production of micro- and nanostructured foils

The system technology to be developed in the research project will enable the efficient production of printing and embossing rolls with a structure resolution of less than 1 µm. With the help of such laser-structured rolls, the basis for the mass production of printed electronics in roll-to-roll processes is to be created. An ultrashort pulsed UV laser beam source is used to achieve the highest possible precision and structure resolution, while efficiency is to be increased by means of a multi-beam setup.

However, a strong focusing of the laser beam results in a very low depth of field in the micrometer range. This is problematic in so far as the concentricity of a cylinder during the structuring process cannot be adjusted with unlimited precision and extremely high demands are made on accuracy. Innovative solutions for increasing the depth of field or for controlling the focus position must therefore be evaluated within the scope of the project.

Project Information

Title “LaserRoll” – High-resolution laser structuring of printing and embossing cylinders for roll-to-roll production of micro- and nanostructured foils
Term 25.09.2019 – 24.09.2022
SUPPORTED BY European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)
Project sponsor LeitmarktAgentur.NRW / Projektträger Jülich (PtJ)
Contact Person Martin Osbild M.Sc.

“LEMON” – Lidar Emitter and Multispecies greenhouse gases Observation Instrument

LEMON will provide a new versatile Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) sensor concept for greenhouse gases and water vapour measurements from space.

During the last climate conference in Paris in December 2015, climate-warning limits have been discussed and agreed upon. In such frame, the need for a European satellite-borne observation capacity to monitor CO2 emissions at global, European and country scales has been identified, as stated by the Copernicus report “Towards European operational observing system monitor fossil CO2 emissions”.

New space missions are now being used (GOSAT, AIRS, IASI, …) or planned (OCO, IASI-NG, MicroCarb, MERLIN, …) for CO2 and/or CH4. Given the technical challenges, they are up to now mainly based on passive (high resolution spectrometers) instruments, Lidar instrument-based mission (MERLIN) is currently in development in Europe to probe methane only.

Therefore, the main goal of LEMON is to develop a versatile instrument, able to target CO2, CH4 and water vapour stable isotopes (H216O and HDO only, from now on referred to as water vapour or H2O and HDO explicitly) with a single laser emitter.

The consortium consists of ONERA (FR), FRAUNHOFER (DE), CNRS (FR), KTH (SE), SPACETECH (DE), UiB (NO), INNOLAS (DE) and L-UP (FR). It has full expertise at Earth Observation technologies (from receiver, data acquisition, instrument control and versatile emitter) and is therefore able to fully explore, understand and validate the aforementioned advantages. The consortium is highly motivated to set-up and perform demonstrations at all instrument levels in order to showcase the project results. This will include the instrument set-up, TRL6 instrument validation, airborne demonstrations and CO2, CH4, H2O isotopes measurements, as well as roadmaps and preliminary experiments towards space operation.

The LEMON total grant request to the EC is 3 374 725€ for the whole consortium and the project will be conducted within 48 months.

Project Information

Title “LEMON” – Lidar Emitter and Multispecies greenhouse gases Observation Instrument
Term 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2022
Supported by This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°821868
Website Project Website “LEMON”
Contact Person Dr. Michael Strotkamp

“LextrA” – Laser-based additive manufacturing of components for extreme requirements out of innovative intermetallic materials

For resource and energy efficiency in industrial production, innovative materials play a decisive role: Not only do they make production processes more economical, but they are also robust and environmentally friendly. The aim of LextrA, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is to develop additive processing technologies for special intermetallic alloys, e.g. molybdenum and vanadium silicides as well as iron aluminides. Such alloys are suitable for high-temperature applications in aerospace, power generation or toolmaking. Processes used for them include powder nozzle-based Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) and powder bed-based Selective Laser Melting (SLM), also known as laser-beam melting or laser powder-bed fusion (L-PBF). The project partners in LextrA have already successfully produced and processed Mo-Si-B alloys for turbine construction, which are suitable for operation at high hot-gas temperatures and can significantly increase the efficiency and efficiency of existing turbines. The project will help successfully develop additive processes to produce directionally solidified, low-defect structures, thereby allowing for greater overall flexibility in component design compared to established manufacturing techniques.

Project Information

Title “LextrA” – Laser-based additive manufacturing of components for extreme requirements out of innovative intermetallic materials
Term 01.02.2017 - 31.01.2020
Project Sponsor Projektträger Jülich (PTJ)
Supported by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 
Contact Person Dr. Andreas Weisheit

“MultiPROmobil” - Multifunktionale Robotertechnologie mit universellem Laserwerkzeug für trennende, fügende und additive Fertigungsprozesse im semi-bionischen E-Mobil-Leichtbau

The project MultiPROmobil aims to study an integrated manufacturing and system technology that can produce bionically based lightweight structures efficiently in a single device with several manufacturing processes and without changing the manufacturing equipment. For this purpose, the project is researching and demonstrating a flexible and reconfigurable laser robot technology for integrated cutting, welding and metal deposition with a single processing head. This integrated process chain is intended to significantly strengthen the providers and users of the SME-dominated laser industry in NRW and, in particular, to help emerging e-mobile production in NRW remain agile on the world market.

Project Information

Title “MultiPROmobil” - Multifunktionale Robotertechnologie mit universellem Laserwerkzeug für trennende, fügende und additive Fertigungsprozesse im semi-bionischen E-Mobil-Leichtbau
Term 15.11.2018 – 14.11.2021
PROJECT SPONSOR Leitmarktagentur NRW
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)
Contact Person Dr. Dirk Petring

“NADEA” – Duplex high entropy alloys produced by additive manufacturing

In the collaborative project NADEA, which is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF, project partners from research and industry have developed NADEAAM, a cobalt free high-entropy alloy designed for Laser Material Deposition (LMD). Its Widmanstätten microstructure makes it a veritable duplex material particularly suited for operation in corrosive environments where high strength and wear resistance are required.

The microstructure consists of austenite (fcc) and ferrite (bcc), however, unlike in duplex steels, the major part of the bcc phase is ordered (bcc-B2). The ratio fcc:bcc can be tailored by heat treatment to range from 55:45 to 65:35.

The crack-free processing of NADEAAM into a near-net-shape component with a density > 99.5 % was achieved at Fraunhofer ILT. Investigations of the project partner Access e.V. show that after solution heat treatment and aging a super-fine fcc-bcc duplex microstructure with a yield strength Rp0.2 of 600 MPa is obtained. The tensile strength Rm is 1100 MPa at a total elongation of 27 %. A comparable duplex steel reaches Rm ≈ 900 MPa in the tensile test with Rp0.2 ≈ 640 MPa and A ≈ 20 %.

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Project Information

Title “NADEA” – Duplex high entropy alloys produced by additive manufacturing
Term 01.08.2018 – 31.07.2021
Supported by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), grant No 03XP0163
Contact Person Dr. Andreas Weisheit
Project partners Access e. V., Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, AGH University of Science and Technology, KU Leuven, Otto Junker GmbH, Oerlikon AM GmbH, Fraunhofer ILT

“NeuGenWaelz” – New Materials for the Additive Manufacturing of Roller Bearings

The goal of NeuGenWälz is the additive production of roller bearings by means of laser powder bed fusion (LPBF). To do this, the partners will develop materials and LPBF systems engineering in a coordinated and integrative way. The key challenge here is to develop a material that meets both the requirements of the roller bearing (high hardness to withstand mechanical stress) and, at the same time, that can be processed without cracks using LPBF. The crack-free processing will be supported by the use of a high temperature preheating at about 500 ° C.

Project Information

Title New Materials for the Additive Manufacturing of Roller Bearings - “NeuGenWälz”
Term 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019
Project Sponsor LeitmarktAgentur NRW / Projektträger Jülich (PTJ)
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)
Contact Person M.Sc. Jasmin Saewe 

“PhotonFlex” – Innovative technologies for manufacturing organic solar cells

The aim of the PhotonFlex project is to develop and test innovative technologies for the cost-effective and highly productive manufacturing of flexible organic solar cells.

Project Information

Title “PhotonFlex” – Innovative technologies for manufacturing organic solar cells
Term 1.6.2016 – 31.5.2019
Project Sponsor European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)
Supported by European Regional Development Fund
Website Project Website “PhotonFlex”
Contact Person M.Eng. Maximilian Brosda

“ProImplant” – Process Chain for the Production of Degradable Magnesium Implants for Individual Bone Defects

The aim of the project is to establish a suitable process chain that can be used in oral and maxillofacial surgery to produce resorbable, patient-specific as well as porous magnesium implants (such as scaffolds) for bone defects. For this purpose, Fraunhofer ILT will qualify the additive manufacturing process Selective Laser Melting for the processing of magnesium alloys and develop a suitable workflow for the integration of pore structures in individual implants.

Project Information

Title “ProImplant” – Process Chain for the Production of Degradable Magnesium Implants for Individual Bone Defects
Term 14.4.2016 - 15.4.2019
Project Sponsor LeitmarktAgentur.NRW / Projektträger ETN
Supported by European Regional Development Fund

“ProLMD” – Process and System Technology for Hybrid Production of Large Components with Laser Material Deposition (LMD)

In nearly every field of manufacturing, components and resulting products are becoming increasingly complex and more individual. Moreover, to succeed in the marketplace, companies have to shorten the time they need to move from an idea of a new product to launching it on the market. Established manufacturing processes are, however, reaching their limits to a certain extent. Additive manufacturing promises considerable time savings and process innovations to create value for the manufacturing industry; it can also help companies create completely new product features. Product, process and material data on additive manufacturing processes as well as innovative materials and innovative production equipment must be made available at an early stage in product development. The results of the ProLMD development project will play a key role in strengthening Germany’s international competitiveness over the long term in line with the German Federal Government’s High-Tech Strategy.

Project Information

Title Process and System Technology for Hybrid Production of Large Components with Laser Material Deposition (LMD) – “ProLMD”
Term 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019
Project Sponsor Projektträger Karlsruhe (PTKA)
Supported by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Website Project Website “ProLMD”
Contact Person Dr. Thomas Schopphoven

“REMULAN” – Resource and energy efficient production of multi-functional non-stick-layers

As part of the REMULAN joint project, Fraunhofer ILT and partners from industry are developing a laser-based coating process for the production of sol-gel-based non-stick-layers and the therefore necessary materials. The process should lead to a sustainable reduction in the use of materials, energy consumption and the associated climate-damaging emissions both in the production and application of machine components provided with non-stick-layers.

Project Information

Title “REMULAN” – Resource and energy efficient production of multi-functional non-stick-layers
Term 01.07.2020 – 30.06.2022
Project Sponsor DLR Projektträger, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, German Aerospace Center
Supported by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 
Contact Person Jonas Frühling M.Sc.

“ScanCut” – Laser Cutting in the Punching Process

Within the joint project ScanCut, four project partners are developing a hybrid manufacturing process for the high-precision laser cutting of thin-walled metal ribbons. For this purpose, Fraunhofer ILT has combined a helical-beam optic with a multi-beam module. The laser beam power is provided by a high-power USP beam source.

ScanCut is a joint project of KOSTAL Kontakt Systeme GmbH in Lüdenscheid, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, as well as Pulsar Photonics GmbH and Amphos GmbH, both of which are located in Herzogenrath.

Project Information

Title “ScanCut” –  Laser Cutting in the Punching Process
Term 01.03.2017 – 29.02.2020
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) 
Contact Person Jan Schnabel M.Sc.

“SeQuLas” – Absorber-Free Laser Welding of Thermoplastics

The aim of the SeQuLas project is to develop a novel laser-based process technology that can weld thermoplastics without the use of absorbers. Using a continuously updating temperature field, the project partners will segment a seam contour and adapt the irradiation order and parameters during the welding process, thus achieving a defined energy input. This will contribute to increasing the flexibility and efficiency of industrial production in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Project Information

Title “SeQuLas” – Absorber-Free Laser Welding of Thermoplastics
Term 1.3.2017 – 30.9.2019
Project Sponsor LeitmarktAgentur NRW
Supported by European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) 
Website Leitmarktwettbewerb Produktion.NRW
Contact Person M.Sc. Phong Nguyen

“SimConDrill” – Innovative filter modules for the separation of microplastics from wastewater

Microplastics enter our wastewater and the environment every day. Wastewater treatment plants are not able to sufficiently reduce microplastics. For this reason, the SimConDrill partners are focusing on the development of a filter which is ready for serial production and enables the filtration of particles down to 0.01mm (this equals the thickness of kitchen foil) on the basis of the patented cyclone filter. Due to its special technology, this filter is clogging and maintenance-free and not a disposable filter. Once the prototype has been built, it will be tested in a treatment plant using real wastewater.

Project Information

Title “SimConDrill” – Innovative filter modules for the separation of microplastics from wastewater
Term 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2021
Project Sponsor Projektträger Karlsruhe (PTKA)
Supported by The joint project SimConDrill is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It is part of the BMBF funding programme "KMU-innovativ: Resource efficiency and climate protection" in the technology and application area "Sustainable water management".
Website www.simcondrill.com
Contact Person Andrea Lanfermann M.Sc. 

“SYMPLEXITY” – Symbiotic Human-Robot Collaboration for Safe and Dynamic Multimodal Manufacturing Systems

Today's production technology is highly automated in many sectors. Yet the smoothening and polishing of free-form surfaces – such as tool inserts or medical implants –is still often done manually since setting up automated processing entails considerable work and costs, and hence is not economical.

SYMPLEXITY aims to exploit the possibilities of automation for this kind of work by having robots take over parts of it. For this purpose, Fraunhofer ILT and its project partners are developing cooperative and collaborative robot cells and the required safety technology in which the robot takes on simpler tasks and humans the more demanding ones.

Project Information

Title “SYMPLEXITY” – Symbiotic Human-Robot Collaboration for Safe and Dynamic Multimodal Manufacturing Systems
Term 1.1.2015 – 31.12.2018
Project Sponsor European Commission
Supported by Horizon 2020 - The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (No. 637080)
Website https://www.symplexity.eu
Contact Person Dr. Edgar Willenborg

“TaCoMA” – Increased tool service life and process reliability through additively manufactured milling tool carriers with tangential plate design and flow-optimized cooling channels

In the "TaCoMA" research project, the basic principles for the production of additively manufactured milling tool heads are being systematically investigated. The overall project goals are the manufacturing of improved milling tools from a customised bainitic steel using the Additive Manufacturing process Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) as well as the derivation of design guidelines for implementation in industry. Recent research has shown that the targeted supply of cooling lubricant can increase the productivity of end milling tools by 50 percent. However, the production of the complex cooling channels required for this is time-consuming and cost-intensive.

In addition to qualifying a new material, the central innovation of the project is to make use of the increased degrees of freedom of Additive Manufacturing for the production of high-performance milling tools. The performance of the tools will be validated in machining technology tests.

Generally applicable design guidelines for manufacturing and post-processing are being developed for the design of additively manufactured cutting tools. In addition, the focus is on the qualification of a bainitic material for the Additive Manufacturing of basic tool bodies, which can be transferred to the qualification of other steels using the methods developed in the project.

Project Information

Title “TaCoMA” – Increased tool service life and process reliability through additively manufactured milling tool carriers with tangential plate design and flow-optimized cooling channels
Term 01.03.2020 – 28.02.2022
Supported by Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen AiF, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie BMWi
Contact Person Jasmin Saewe M.Sc.

“TriboLas-3D” – Process Development for the Laser-Based Production of Site-Selective Tribological Layer Systems on 3D Surfaces

The innovations this project is pursuing will significantly contribute to increasing energy efficiency and climate protection by reducing CO2 emissions, both in terms of process and application. Due to the high energy efficiency of the laser process compared to furnace processes, the energy required to functionalize the layer can be significantly reduced with successful process development. In addition, the range of applications of tribologically stressed lightweight components will significantly expand in machine and automotive construction and the service life and the efficiency of the components will increase. Resulting from this is both an increase in energy efficiency and an emission reduction for the corresponding industrial plants and systems.

Project Information

Title “TriboLas-3D” – Process Development for the Laser-Based Production of Site-Selective Tribological Layer Systems on 3D Surfaces
Term 1.10.2016 – 30.9.2018
Project Sponsor German Aerospace Center DLR
Supported by Federal Government / Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Website Project Website “TriboLas-3D”
Contact Person Dr. Christian Vedder

“TurPro” – Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster Integrative Production Technology for Energy-Efficient Turbomachinery

Various studies forecast a steady increase in installed capacity for the generation of electrical energy by 2.5 to 3.5 percent annually until 2030. The current discussions with regard to changes in the global climate underline the need for optimal and efficient processes. Alternative energies cannot cover demand sufficiently in the short term and can currently only supplement it. The proportion of electrical energy generated by burning fossil fuels will remain constant at around 80 percent, so turbomachinery will continue to play a central role.

Project Information

Title “TurPro” – Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster Integrative Production Technology for Energy-Efficient Turbomachinery
Term 1.10.2008 – 30.6.2011
Supported by State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Contact Person Dr. Andres Gasser

“ultraSURFACE” – Ultra Dynamic Optical Systems for High Throughput Laser Surface Processing

Efficient Surface Treatment with the Laser

Whether they are used for functional structuring, coating or polishing, lasers have proved to be very advantageous tools that have made processes in many areas of industrial production significantly more cost-effective and robust. However, previous laser applications in industrial surface treatment often have limited throughput or are not suitable for more complex adjustments.

Funded by the European Union, the ultraSURFACE project focuses on optimizing optical systems with dynamic 3D applicability and on developing strategies for laser-based production processes with high-throughput. The project also helps to make manufacturing more environmentally friendly in Europe: The concepts under development reduce noise, dispersion dust, and the use of (toxic) chemicals as well as improve the CO2 balance by lowering emissions. Ten partners are involved in the project, which is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen.

New Optics Designs for Increased Throughput

In the ultraSURFACE project, scientists and industry partners are developing two new optical designs which allow users to adapt laser beam manipulation individually and to increase throughput by a factor of ten compared to conventional processes. To accomplish this, the partners use beam shaping and beam splitter optics for the laser. For laser polishing and coating, the beam shaping optics can be used to individually adapt the intensity profile of the laser radiation to local surface conditions. Furthermore, the surface can be processed simultaneously with several individual beams by means of the beam splitter optics for laser microstructuring.

The aim of the ultraSURFACE project is also to demonstrate that its processes can easily be used in manufacturing – the technologies developed here will later be integrated into a variety of industrial applications using appropriate prototypes. The new concepts will be tested and evaluated in laser polishing, laser thin-film processing and laser microstructuring. In addition to high-quality products for the automotive sector or for mechanical engineering in general, these concepts are also suitable for manufacturing consumer-market products. The new concepts of the ultraSURFACE project thus offer great potential for many industries – not only in the European laser market.

Project Information

Title “ultraSURFACE” – Ultra Dynamic Optical Systems for High Throughput Laser Surface Processing
Term 1.1.2016 – 30.6.2019
Project Sponsor European Union
Supported by Horizon 2020 – The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, No. 687222
Website www.ultrasurface.eu
Contact Person
Dr. Edgar Willenborg

"3KLANK" – 3 μm laser system for bonding and varnishing pretreatment for sustainable conditioning of fiber composite materials

The aim of the DBU project 3KLANK is to provide a robust, efficient and flexible pretreatment process for fiber composite materials that can be used in an industrial environment. In the project, Fraunhofer ILT is working with cleanLASER GmbH to develop a functional model of a frequency-converted, fiber-coupled laser system with an emission wavelength of 3 µm that is suitable for industrial use. This allows for the cleaning of fiber composite material surfaces by a gentle and targeted laser ablation of the resin matrix without damaging the fibers, which are important for the material strength. Due to the adapted wavelength and fiber guidance, the laser system allows for a high degree of automation of the overall process. In addition, the newly developed beam source forms the basis for the development and optimization of new methods for laser pre-treatment of surfaces for varnishing and bonding processes of fiber-reinforced composites, which are being carried out in the project by Fraunhofer IFAM.

Project Information

Title "3KLANK" – 3 μm laser system for bonding and varnishing pretreatment for sustainable conditioning of fiber composite materials
Term 01.01.2021 – 31.12.2022
Supported by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt
Contact Person Dr. Sebastian Nyga