Press & Events



Events / 2.5.2018

AKL - International Laser Technology Congress 2018

Laser applications of tomorrow.

Exhibition / 23.4.2018

Hannover Messe 2018

Experience the Fraunhofer Group Light & Surfaces at the Hanover Messe 2018!

Events / 10.4.2018

Aachen Polymer Optics Days International Conference


Events / 27.2.2018

10th International Laser Symposium & International Symposium »Tailored Joining«

  • JEC World Composite Show / 2018

    Paradigm shift in Paris: Encouraging an holistic view of laser machining

    Fraunhofer ILT / 9.1.2018

    Laserjoining of FRP and hybrid joints between FRP and metal.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen.

    At the JEC World Composite Show in Paris in March 2018, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be focusing on the latest trends and innovations in laser machining of composites. Among other things, researchers at the booth shared with the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) will demonstrate how lasers can be used for joining, structuring, cutting and drilling composite materials.

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  • Photonics West 2018 - San Francisco / 2017

    Diamond Lenses and Space Lasers at Photonics West

    Fraunhofer ILT / 15.12.2017

    This laser cutting head with diamond optics features built-in water cooling and shielding gas supply; diamond lenses reduce its weight by 90%.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    San Francisco's Photonics West, the world's premier optics and photonics trade fair, aims to bring together science and industry once again in 2018. Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be putting on an effective demonstration of how to converge the two. The Aachen-based company's booth in the German Pavilion is primed to showcase cutting-edge technology, such as a 90% lighter laser cutting head and a laser platform for space applications.

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  • Register now! Logo des AKL’18.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen.

    Laser experts from a remarkably broad spectrum of sectors will convene in Aachen May 2–4, 2018 at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL’18. 77 laser experts in research and industry will present cutting-edge methods and beam sources as well as the latest developments and trends in laser technology. The AKL gives technology suppliers and customers plenty of opportunities to swap stories and expertise. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT oversees this event, which is once more expected to draw more than 600 attendees. The program of events is already at – where you can also register now for AKL’18.

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  • Thanks to a cleverly designed system concept and modern design methodology, the new OLED microdisplay achieves a resolution of 1920 × 1200 pixels.
    © Photo Fraunhofer FEP, Fotografin: Claudia Jacquemin

    VR glasses are increasingly popular, but they have usually been heavy and oversized – until now. Large-area microdisplays are expected to change that, because they make it possible to produce ergonomic and lightweight VR glasses. The new OLED displays now reach very high frame rates and achieve extremely high resolutions with “extended full HD”.

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  • EU-funded research project ‘LOMID’ / 2017

    Novel microdisplays will benefit blind users

    Fraunhofer FEP / 1.12.2017

    Thineyes® optical train for the LOMID project. On the left is an aspheric doublet lens and on the right a freeform lens. The LOMID optical architecture uses 2 aspheric and one freeform lens per eye, in order to seamlessly combine two high resolution microdisplays per eye.
    © Photo LOMID project.

    The EU-funded research project ‘LOMID’, led by the Fraunhofer FEP, has fabricated a new generation of microdisplays with 1-inch diagonal and WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels) – requiring a pixel density of 2300 ppi. The project team has also shown, for the first time, that it is possible to bend such displays to radii of just 40 mm after thinning the substrate. Such thin, flexible displays save weight, but also allow novel optical designs to be used – especially important for accuracy when large fields of view are used in compact optical designs.

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  • Fraunhofer focus project futureAM / 2017

    futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing

    Fraunhofer ILT / Fraunhofer IWS / 30.11.2017

    Partners from industry and science met on Nov. 14, 2017 for the kick-off of the Fraunhofer futureAM focus project in Aachen.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen / Andreas Steindl.

    On November 14th, 2017, the Fraunhofer focus project, futureAM, was launched in Aachen under the auspices of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT. Six project partners – the Fraunhofer Institutes ILT, IWS, IWU, IGD and IFAM as well as the LZN Laser Zentrum Nord – have set themselves a clear goal: Over the next three years, they will work closely together to secure the prerequisites for significant technological leaps in additive manufacturing with metallic materials (metal AM).

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  • Innovator of the Year / 2017

    Fraunhofer FEP awarded as „Innovator of the Year“ twice

    Fraunhofer FEP / 9.11.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer FEP, Fotograf: Jürgen Lösel.

    The scientists of Fraunhofer FEP are pleased about two awards: the editors of DESIGN&ELEKTRONIK were searching for the “Innovator of the Year” for the first time. The readers of the magazine have chosen Fraunhofer FEP as the winner of even two categories for the research in the field of flexible glass and for the latest innovations regarding OLED microdisplays.

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  • formnext 2017 / 2017

    Blueprints for the Next Generation of SLM Systems

    Fraunhofer ILT / 8.11.2017

    With a laboratory system, Fraunhofer ILT is further developing SLM into a 3D printing technology for large metal components. (machine housing not shown).
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen.

    Additive manufacturing is becoming increasingly important in industrial production. Decisive factors are the scalability of the build volume and the productivity of additive manufacturing systems. Against this background, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are further developing the selective laser melting (SLM) technology. To this end, a new SLM laboratory system was built in Aachen. With an effective utilizable build volume of 1,000 mm x 800 mm x 500 mm, the system is able to manufacture large metal components quickly and with high process reliability. Fraunhofer ILT will be presenting ideas and process videos about the new system at the 2017 formnext trade fair from November 14 to 17.

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  • Structure of the sorting chip for sorting cells and particles with laser light.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen / aligator kommunikation.

    Biomolecules and cells circulating in the blood carry diagnostic information, the analysis of which makes highly effective, individualized therapies possible. In order to tap this information, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have developed a microchip-based diagnostic device: The “AnaLighter” analyzes and sorts clinically relevant biomolecules and cells in a blood test with light. As a result, physicians can make early diagnoses, for example, of tumor and cardiovascular diseases and initiate patient-specific therapies with great efficacy. Experts from Fraunhofer ILT will be presenting this technology at the COMPAMED 2017 in Düsseldorf from November 13 to 16.

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  • Medica 2017 / 2017

    Laboratory in a bag

    Fraunhofer IST / 2.11.2017

    3D cell models can form in the hanging droplets.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    Human stem cells are considered a major new hope in the field of medicine. In the future, it is expected that they will make it possible to treat a wide range of ailments such as neurodegenerative diseases. With LabBag®, Fraunhofer researchers have developed an all-in-one system in the form of a transparent bag that provides a cheap, fast and sterile way for scientists to grow, differentiate and freeze stem cells. The cell models produced can be used for toxicity tests and drug development. Having successfully tested the system, researchers will present a prototype at the MEDICA trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, from November 13 to 16.

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