Press & Events


Conference / 25.6.2018

3D Valley Conference 2018

The 3D Valley Conference from September 25-27, 2018 in Aachen focuses on industrial applications, shows new developments in processes, integrated process chains and innovative business models in the field of additive manufacturing.


Workshop / 12.11.2018

7th Workshop "Lithium-Sulfur-Batteries"

November 12 - 13, 2018, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

Workshop / 29.1.2019

TST 2019 - 1st Workshop on Thermal Surface Technologies

January 29, 2019, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden


Event / 30.1.2019

International Symposium "Additive Manufacturing"

January 30 - 31, 2019, International Congress Center Dresden

  • High-performance excimer laser system for Fraunhofer ILT / 2018

    More functionalities: Microstructuring large surfaces with a UV-laser system

    Fraunhofer ILT / 5.7.2018

    Handover of the Coherent system LineBeam 155 to Fraunhofer ILT. Looking forward to joint research projects, from left to right: Christian Hördemann (Fraunhofer ILT), Thorsten Geuking (Coherent), Rainer Pätzel (Coherent), Dr. Arnold Gillner (Fraunhofer ILT) and Dr. Ralph Delmdahl (Coherent).
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / A. Steindl.

    Coherent operates a high-performance excimer laser system for processing large surfaces in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, Germany. Using the short-wave laser system, the partners aim to develop new methods for carefully controlled surface processing. Preparation of CFRP adhesive surfaces is just one example of the numerous potential applications.

    more info
  • E-VITA technology / 2018

    New plant with E-VITA electron seed dressing inaugurated

    Fraunhofer FEP / 4.7.2018

    Interior of the new of E-VITA facility with a view of the electron sources of Fraunhofer FEP.
    © Fraunhofer FEP

    The next chapter of the E-VITA success story will be written in Güstrow, Germany, on July 3, 2018. The inauguration of the second plant for seed treatment using low-energy electrons will feature a considerable increase in applicability. For the first time, it will be able to cover all requirements for electron-treated seed.

    more info
  • Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence »ADVANCED PHOTON SOURCES« / 2018

    Fraunhofer Develops New Generation of Lasers

    Fraunhofer ILT | Fraunhofer IOF / 4.7.2018

    Partners of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence “ADVANCED PHOTON SOURCES” met for the kick-off meeting on May 2, 2018 in Aachen. The coordinators: Cluster director Prof. Reinhart Poprawe, Fraunhofer ILT (front row, second from right), and Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, Fraunhofer IOF (front row, second from left).
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / M. Conrad-Franzen.

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is launching a highly ambitious undertaking: the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence “ADVANCED PHOTON SOURCES”. The cluster aims to achieve international technological leadership in laser systems that reach maximum performance with ultrashort pulses (USP), as well as researching their potential applications, all in cooperation with Fraunhofer partners. The new systems are proposed to surpass all previous USP lasers by one order of magnitude in average laser power. At the same time, the partners are working on the required system technology as well as promising applications in industry and research.

    more info
  • Future of Composites in Transportation 2018 Innovation Award / 2018

    “Future of Composites in Transportation 2018”, JEC Innovation Award for hybrid roof bow

    Fraunhofer ILT / 28.6.2018

    On June 27, 2018, the development and manufacture of the hybrid roof bow received the "Future of Composites in Transportation 2018 Innovation Award" in Chicago.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    The use of composite materials for ground transportation will be in the spotlight at an upcoming JEC event, “The Future of Composites in Transportation”, on June 27 and 28, 2018 in Chicago. For the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, a highlight at the event will be receiving the “Future of Composites in Transportation 2018 Innovation Award” in the category “Passenger Cars”. This accolade honors the development of a hybrid roof bow in collaboration with Weber Fibertech GmbH, Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann GmbH, Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, SCANLAB GmbH and the BMW Group. In short, this component demonstrates successful implementation of laser processes in lightweight production.

    more info
  • EU-project OptiPerm at AIMCAL conference in Munich / 2018

    New technology for ultra-smooth polymer films

    Fraunhofer FEP / 27.6.2018

    Flexible film substrate of 1.25 meter width at the roll-to-roll coating line „atmoFlex 1250”.
    © Fraunhofer FEP

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP has succeeded in developing a new technology for the production of ultra-smooth polymer films as part of the "OptiPerm" project. This project received funding from the European Union and the Saxony State Ministry of Economics, Labor and Transport (grand agreement no. 3000651169). The technology, which was previously demonstrated on samples in A4 format, has now been successfully transferred to a roll-to-roll process with even higher surface quality. These results were presented for the first time at the AIMCAL conference in Munich, Germany in June 2018 by Dr. Steffen Günther.

    more info
  • Collaboration with Feng Chia University / 2018

    Targeting new markets: Fraunhofer IST becomes involved in Taiwan

    Fraunhofer IST / 6.6.2018

    Dr. Ralf Bandorf receives the certificate of appointment for a Distinguished Chair Professorship at Feng Chia University (f.l.t.r.: Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer, Prof. Bing-Jean Lee, Dr. Ralf Bandorf, Prof. Jin-Huang Huang).
    © Fraunhofer IST

    On June 1st, 2018 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed that sealed the partnership between Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST and Feng Chia University, that had already existed since 2014.

    more info
  • 2nd OptecNet Annual Conference in Berlin, June 20-21, 2018 / 2018

    Coating free-form surfaces of large optical components

    Fraunhofer FEP / 5.6.2018

    Saddle-shaped layer with specified profile on glass substrate (450x450 mm).
    © Fraunhofer FEP

    The business unit Precision Coatings at Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP has special expertise in developing deposition processes for high-precision coating systems on optical components. Now, a coating technology for deposition of laterally graded optical layers on 2D and in the future also on 3D substrates has been developed. The results will be presented at the 2nd OptecNet Annual Conference in Berlin, June 20-21, 2018.

    more info
  • Laser congress AKL'2018 / 2018

    AKL’18: Lasers Conquer Large-Scale Manufacturing

    Fraunhofer ILT / 16.5.2018

    More than 660 attendees met at AKL'18 in Aachen, Germay.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen /Andreas Steindl.

    Visitors to this year’s AKL – International Laser Technology Congress in Aachen, Germany, had the unique chance to see where industrial laser technology stands today and where it will be tomorrow. The congress delivered the full picture of current technologies, from advanced laser sources and new process technologies to a wide range of applications such as Additive Manufacturing or even Quantum Sensing. To research such future topics, several projects have been started, and a whole new “I³ – Integrated Interdisciplinary Institute” has been inaugurated.

    more info
  • Team around Dr. Ramona Eberhardt (third from left), who, together with industrial partners and the University of Jena, researched the potential of optical free-form systems, presented innovative solutions and further developed production methods.
    © Fraunhofer / Walter Oppel

    Optical free-form systems enable new applications with an extremely compactdesign. Due to the complex technology involved, the production of appropriate solutions was previously impossible or too expensive. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF has further developed the technology to market maturity. Through collaboration with partners, a comprehensive technology platform has been created.

    more info
  • Research News / 2018

    Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2018: Improved efficiency of aircraft engines

    Fraunhofer IWS / 15.5.2018

    Professor Frank Brückner and Mirko Riede (from the left) have developed microstructures that, among other things, extend the life of the thermal barrier coatings.
    © Fraunhofer / Juergen Loesel

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS has succeeded in increasing the stability of those aircraft engine parts which are subject to stress due to temperature. The IWS process helps to reduce kerosene consumption as well as CO2 emissions. In combination with further measures, significant cost savings result during flight operations. The research project was developed in close cooperation with the engine specialist Rolls-Royce. The first engines with the new technology are already in use.

    more info