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  • In EffiLayers, the project partners are continuing to develop the laser-based roll-to-roll production of organic photovoltaics developed in the predecessor project PhotonFlex, thus making mechanical engineers from North Rhine-Westphalia more competitive in world markets.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Sunny prospects: Under the direction of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, five project partners from industry and research are developing technologies for the roll-to-roll production of organic photovoltaics in the EffiLayers project. This North Rhine-Westphalian lead market project aims to help the machine manufacturers based in North Rhine-Westphalia play a pioneering role in the market for flexible thin-film solar cells and printed electronics.

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  • More than 600 participants can expect over 80 practically relevant and comprehensive lectures at the AKL’20 in Aachen, organized by the Fraunhofer ILT.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Andreas Steindl.

    From May 6 to 8, 2020, laser manufacturers and users from various branches will meet at the AKL’20 for the 13th time. Featuring over 600 participants, 87 speakers and over 50 sponsors and exhibitors, the “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress” has established itself as the leading forum for applied laser technology in Europe. The program of events is already available at www.lasercongress.org – where you can also register now for AKL’20.

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  • AI for Laser Technology Conference:  AI can also add significant value to laser deposition welding.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Volker Lannert.

    The ingenuity of pioneering breakthroughs can be witnessed in Aachen before the year is out. At its “AI for Laser Technology Conference” on November 6 and 7, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be tackling the question of how lasers can be used more efficiently with the help of artificial intelligence. Experts from companies including Daimler, Intel and Microsoft have already signed up for the event. The conference topics will range from machine learning in industrial settings to the use of augmented reality and analysis of neural networks.

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  • Fraunhofer: What’s next?

    Press Release / 16.7.2019

    At the trade fair, the electric racing car “eace05” of the Ecurie Aix – Formula Student Team of RWTH Aachen University showed how laser technology creates completely new possibilities in lightweight construction and e-mobility.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Klaus D. Wolf.

    In the 70th year of its history, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is ideally positioned for the challenges of the future, a strategy it also demonstrated at LASER World of PHOTONICS, the world's leading photonics trade fair in Munich. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, for example, presented state-of-the-art technology for quantum technologies, metallic 3D printing and electromobility.

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  • The scaling of the multi-kW ultrafast fiber laser is based on the coherent combination of several individual beams.
    © Fraunhofer IOF, Jena, Germany / Walter Oppel.

    Experts from 13 different Fraunhofer institutes are working on the development of multi-kW ultrafast lasers and various applications in the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS. A user facility with application laboratories in Aachen and Jena is being created for this purpose, laboratories in which partners from industry and research can work with the new technology.

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  • Reduced reworking and creation of selective polishing effects through the sequential process of USP laser cleaning and USP polishing after structure generation.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Volker Lannert.

    Car makers currently use a variety of methods to emboss plastic panels for vehicle interiors. However, manufacturing the tools required for this purpose is an extremely time-consuming process. This situation can be improved using a new laser machine that triples the rate at which these tools are produced while facilitating even more complex structures. The expertise required for the various components and processes was developed as part of the “eVerest“ project in collaboration with partners from research and industry.

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  • USP Lasers Conquer Macroprocessing

    Press Release / 25.4.2019

    Dr. Arnold Gillner: The challenge is to get the photons to the workpiece.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Ultrashort pulse (USP) lasers have become firmly established in science and micromachining. At this year's “UKP-Workshop: Ultrafast Laser Technology” in Aachen, a new trend has emerged: Macroprocessing. Since multi-100-watt USP lasers up into the kW range have become available, the industry is looking at them with great interest for large-area applications. For this purpose, the institute is developing the complete process chain right through to fully digitized processes.

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  • Laser beams are optimized by beam shaping for in-volume structuring of glass to manufacture 3D parts.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Volker Lannert.

    Separate glass with any desired contour? Without generating dust and reworking the edges? This is possible, even quickly, with specially shaped ultrashort laser pulses. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is developing a technology that – with refractive and diffractive optical elements – gives laser beams a form optimally adapted to the respective task. In addition, the applications go far beyond separating glass: In the future, head-up displays for the automotive industry will also be produced.

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  • 5th UKP-Workshop 2019 – Save the Date!

    Press Release / 13.9.2018

    Prof. Thomas Graf, Institute for Beam Tools (IFSW) at the University of Stuttgart (right) and Dr. Arnold Gillner, Fraunhofer ILT: Lively expert discussion at the 4th UKP-Workshop 2017 in Aachen.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Specialists from laser development, process engineering and industry will meet in Aachen from April 10 to 11, 2019 for the “5th UKP-Workshop: Ultrafast Laser Technology“, organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT. 20 speakers will inform the approximately 200 expected participants from Germany and abroad about the latest developments in USP laser beam sources and optical systems for USP laser technology.

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