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The laser has become a useful tool for selectively removing material on surfaces or for marking tasks since its power can be adapted locally, its pulse shaped selectively and it beam focused precisely. Fraunhofer ILT develops laser-based processes for the marking of various materials, such as metals, plastics or papers, although in some cases filler metals are also used. The institute focuses on application-adapted optical systems and marking processes, compact marking lasers and tools for modeling the processes involved. In modeling, it is working on specifically produced optical properties and the calculation of temperature-time distribution.

The services offered range from feasibility studies, the development and implementation of application-specific marking or polishing processes, integration in industrial manufacturing processes as well as individual consultation.

© Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.
© Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.
© Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.


  • Marking of metal, plastics, paper
  • Marking with additives
  • Process development for new materials / pigments
  • Modeling of laser process, especially temperature-time characteristics
  • Measurement and modeling of optical properties (especially inhomogeneous materials)
  • Application adapted optical systems
  • Development of compact laser marking systems


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!