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.

“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 01.10.2016 - 30.09.2018
Project Sponsor German Aerospace Center DLR
Supported by Federal Government / Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Website Project Website “TriboLas-3D”
Contact Person M.Sc. Hendrik Sändker
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DLR Joint Research Project “ALISE”

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” (Diode-pumped Alexandrite Laser Instrument for Next Generation Satellite-based Earth Observation)
Term 01.08.2016 - 31.07.2018
Project Sponsor German Aerospace Center DLR
Supported by Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Website Project Website “ALISE”
Contact Person Dr. rer.-nat. Michael Strotkamp
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“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 01.01.2016 - 30.06.2019
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.-Ing. Edgar Willenborg
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“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 01.10.2015 - 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
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“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 Symbiotic Human-Robot Collaboration for Safe and Dynamic Multimodal Manufacturing Systems - “SYMPLEXITY”
Term 01.01.2015 - 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.-Ing. Christian Nüsser
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“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 01.03.2017 - 28.02.2019
Supported by Europäische Union: EFRE – Europäischer Fonds für Regionale Entwicklung, Land Nordrhein Westfalen 
Contact Person Dr. Stefan Janssen
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Biophotonic Technologies for Tissue Repair – BI-TRE

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 Biophotonic Technologies for Tissue Repair – »BI-TRE«
Term 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2017
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
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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
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Fraunhofer Systemforschung Elektromobilität FSEM II

"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 Fraunhofer Systemforschung Elektromobilität FSEM II
Term 01.03.2013 - 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
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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 03.12.2012 - 30.04.2016
Supported by European Union, 7th Framework Programme -Space
Website http://www.britespace.eu/
Contact Person Dr. Martin Traub
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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 01.09.2012 - 30.04.2016
Supported by European Union, Framework 7
Website http://www.bridle.eu/
Contact Person Dr. Martin Traub
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ArtiVasc 3D - Artificial vascularised 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 vascularised scaffolds for 3D-tissue regeneration
Term 01.11.2011 - 31.10.2015
Supported by European Union
Website http://www.artivasc.eu/
Contact Person Dr. Arnold Gillner
Dr. Nadine Nottrodt
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AdaM - Adaptive Production for Resource Efficiency in Energy Generation 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 Generation and Mobility
Term 01.03.2013 - 30.09.2015
Supported by European Union
Website http://www.innovationscluster-adam.de/
Contact Person Dr. Andres Gasser
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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 01.10.2008 - 30.06.2011
Supported by State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Website http://www.turpro.de/
Contact Person Dr. Andres Gasser
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