Design to Production

Our range of services

On the way from the design draft to the final product, product properties are modelled and simulated, ideas developed or rejected, processes and products tested. In addition to different parallel and sequential work steps, product development often also includes different work areas. At the end of the process - in addition to the final product - there is usually a collection of diverse sets of information consisting of component lists, material definitions, production data, specifications for performance and quality assessment.

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Transparent and complete documentation of all data as well as secure processing are therefore increasingly becoming the focus of customer requirements for technological developments.

The technology focus digitalization enables the transparent, secure and versioned documentation and handling of data so that closed workflows can also be captured digitally. Visualization and modelling tools support the process by simulating flexible adjustments to the workflow as well as product and component properties. The preparation and compilation of production data can be adapted to individual customer requirements using commercial system solutions or special Fraunhofer ILT solutions to meet specific requirements.

We bring your idea from design into production.

Visualization of digital product models

  • 3D visualization of model geometries by means of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR)
  • Virtual exploration of product properties from CAD to FEM
  • Identification of quality-relevant areas by means of variation analysis

Requirements management through digital variant analysis

  • Virtual tolerance analysis in the composition of optical systems
  • Topology and structure optimization for function-adapted product design
  • Technology-oriented complexity management in the design of functionalized products

Digital production folder

  • Generation of processing slices and processing paths for production control
  • Selection of material and suitable process windows according to the production task
  • Compilation of the digital production folder with development data, production data and schematics for production data


Laser technology can solve demanding tasks in many different industries. Whether as a tool in automotive production, as measuring equipment in the environmental sector, as a diagnostic or therapeutic instrument in medical technology or as a communication medium in space technology, the laser provides multiple uses with high productivity and high efficiency.

Read up about the innovations of the Fraunhofer ILT in a few selected industries and convince yourself!


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Design to Production

Our contributions in this range of services for your way from product design or solution development to production.


  • Integrated simulation environment for optical, electrical and thermal design of semiconductor-based laser sources
  • Simulation software for tolerance- and cost-adapted design and assembly of optical systems
  • System solution for the development of function-adapted component designs for additive manufacturing
  • Automated generation of support structures for overhang constructions
  • SliceCore - Software library for two-dimensional path planning in additive manufacturing
  • LMDCAM - Path Planning for laser metal deposition (LMD)
  • Generative construction of 3D models for product repair
  • Collision prevention by computer-aided simulation of process and robot kinematics
  • Libraries for creating equidistant lines on any freeform surface
  • Modern, highly efficient algorithms for data generation in additive and subtractive manufacturing processes

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