Various laser-based processes can be designed more efficiently and individually, or even implemented in the first place by means of software for modeling and simulation. Fraunhofer ILT has developed, for example, software tools that enable it to specifically design a laser beam for specific tasks by shaping the intensity profile. Thus, the solutions it has worked out are suitable for optimizing laser-based applications in medicine or the laser cutting of glass, metals or other materials.
Fraunhofer ILT also develops algorithms for the design of optical free-form surfaces. With such algorithms, the laser power can be redistributed through refraction and reflection of light and, thus, desired intensity profiles can be generated. In this case, refractive and reflective surfaces can be combined in an optical element and desired power density distributions obtained with maximum light output. Thanks to targeted optical design, virtual prototypes can initially be developed, whose properties are verified with simulation software. The institute uses commercial tools as well as those it has developed to design optics and help verify the lighting function and to determine the influence of manufacturing and assembly tolerances.
The range of services includes not only simulation and modeling but also individual consultation