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Workshops / 19.11.2019


Two workshops – one goal: Shaping the future of energy systems

The development of new materials, their processing and integration into applications are key aspects in the development of safe and high

energy future generation energy storage systems. Combined within the joined topic of "Materials for energy" Fraunhofer IWS provides two

topical workshops covering latest innovations for two different classes of electrode materials and their impact on enhanced energy storage.

Language: English


Workshop / 11.12.2019

Hybrid Materials and Additive Manufacturing Processes (HyMaPro)

The 2nd HyMaPro Workshop provides information on additive manufacturing (AM) technologies for metallic and ceramic components by means of hybrid materials, CAE-based virtual design, structural and functional optimization to additive manufacturing devices for multi-material approaches and parts.

Experience the functionality of additive manufacturing machines in practical sessions. Individually planned guided tours, plenary sessions and discussions in relaxed atmosphere present a unique platform for scientists and engineers to discuss latest R&D results. Join the HyMaPro Workshop.


Congress / 6.5.2020

Save the Date! AKL’20 from May 6–8, 2020

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.


Conference / 23.11.2020

Laser Symposium 2020 – New colors, new chances

Conference 11/23/2020 – 11/25/2020, International Congress Center Dresden

New high power laser sources, emerging wavelengths in the green and blue light spectrum, IR lasers with flexible  intensity distribution and new pulsed laser systems with high power and energy density – these intriguing options  might open up undiscovered perspectives in laser material processing. Organized by Fraunhofer IWS Dresden, the “Laser Symposium 2020” will focus on latest laser developments and their suitability for industrial applications. With some colors available in a reasonable power range only recently, we invite you to explore answers to this key question: Do new colors extend the processing range of well-known laser technologies or will they mark the beginning of a new era in laser materials processing? Language: English

  • “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress” from May 6 to 8, 2020 / 2019

    Improving productivity through digitization in the laser industry

    Fraunhofer ILT / 27.11.2019

    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    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 – where you can also register now for AKL’20.

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  • Joint research project GLASS4FLEX / 2019

    GLASS4FLEX – pioneering new process technologies for flexible glass in optical systems

    Fraunhofer FEP / 18.11.2019

    © Fraunhofer FEP, Photographer: Jürgen Lösel

    Ultra-thin glass – one human hair thick – is ideally suited as a material for mass production of optical components and parts as well as for encapsulating optical and optoelectronic systems. Its production requires a completely coordinated process chain – from manufacture to functionalization. This is the goal to be accomplished by 2022 in the GLASS4FLEX joint research project.

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  • Pavement Profile Scanner PPS-Plus from Fraunhofer IPM / 2019

    Federal Highway Research Institute BASt uses road surface scanner from Fraunhofer IPM for new assessment tool

    Fraunhofer IPM / 18.11.2019

    © BASt

    The Pavement Profile Scanner PPS-Plus from Fraunhofer IPM is part of the latest measuring vehicle MESAS of the Federal Highway Research Institute BASt. The research vehicle records the condition of road surfaces and the substance of the asphalt surface and thus provides the basis for optimum maintenance planning. During test runs, MESAS has already successfully measured more than 11,000 kilometers of the federal trunk road network. Now regular operation starts.

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  • “COAXshield” and “LIsec”: Fraunhofer IWS presents shielding gas nozzle and light scanner for laser powder build-up welding at “formnext” trade fair / 2019

    Fine-tuning for additive production

    Fraunhofer IWS / 14.11.2019

    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    Additive manufacturing systems can generate highly complex components, which could not be produced with conventional machine tools or only with great effort. Nevertheless, such industrial 3D printers are far from being standard equipment in factories. This is not just due to the purchase costs, but also to many other challenges. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden has developed particular solutions and will present them at the “formnext” trade fair in Frankfurt am Main in November 2019. Included here are “COAXshield”, a local molten pool shield for laser powder build-up welding and the “LIsec” analysis device for controlling the powder flow in additive manufacturing processes.

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  • Trends for the mobility revolution / 2019

    Laser Symposium on Electromobility in Aachen

    Fraunhofer ILT / 14.11.2019

    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Following a successful premiere in 2019, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will kick off the second Laser Symposium on Electromobility – LSE’20 – in Aachen on February 12, 2020. The two-day event will focus on high-efficiency laser techniques for every step in the process chain for producing batteries and electric vehicles. One of the main highlights will be a presentation from Swiss company E-Force One AG on the electrification of heavy-duty transportation.

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  • New thin-film electrodes made of silicon and lithium for the “Research Fab Battery” / 2019

    “KaSiLi”: Better batteries for electric cars “Made in Germany”

    Fraunhofer IWS / 11.11.2019

    © Fraunhofer IKTS Dresden

    In the umbrella concept “Research Fab Battery”, German scientists want to develop novel batteries that are capable of storing at least 70 percent more energy for electric vehicles and smartphones than conventional lithium-ion solutions while maintaining the same volume. As part of the cluster of competence for battery materials “ExcellBattMat“ funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Dresden's “ExcellBattMat Center” (project KaSiLi: structural cathode adaptation for silicon and lithium materials) contributes key components for this new battery generation. On November 1, 2019, researchers from Fraunhofer, TU Dresden and Leibniz started working together on innovative battery electrodes consisting of ultra-thin silicon or lithium layers to achieve high energy densities.

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  • Symposium in Dresden focuses on a new class of materials / 2019

    High entropy alloys for hot turbines and tireless metal-forming presses

    Fraunhofer IWS / 5.11.2019

    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    A new class of materials promises many innovations in aviation, turbine construction and other branches of industry: High entropy alloys (HEA) are metals in which five or more elements are atomically bonded in similar proportions. Properly designed, they are harder, more heat-resistant and lighter than steel, aluminum and other classic materials. For about 15 years, engineers around the world have been trying to make these innovative materials ready for series production. But high-entropy alloys are still too expensive and difficult to process. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden is therefore now inviting experts to a symposium in March 2020 to demonstrate how they can overcome these problems – for example through industrial 3D printing, in other words “Additive Manufacturing”. Fraunhofer IWS will give a first insight with the lecture “High entropy alloys for Additive Manufacturing” on November 21, 2019, 2:15 p.m. at the “TCT Introducing Stage” during the “Formnext” trade fair in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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  • EU-funded project MOLOKO / 2019

    Rapid test to ensure high milk quality

    Fraunhofer FEP / 4.11.2019

    © Fraunhofer FEP

    Standards of food safety and food quality have never been higher in Germany and throughout the European Union. This is especially true in the dairy industry. Yet despite such high standards, traces of impurities, pesticides and antibiotics can find their way into milk, with sometimes serious consequences for consumer health. In the EU-funded project MOLOKO, Fraunhofer researchers have teamed up with partners to develop a new optoplasmonic sensor designed to provide fast, on-site analysis of safety and quality parameters for milk. This early-warning system will bring the industry substantial savings in time and money as well as a drastic reduction in wasted product, thereby helping to improve performance along the entire supply chain.

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  • formnext 2019 / 2019

    Fraunhofer ILT spin-off wins Start-up Challenge

    Fraunhofer ILT / 22.10.2019

    © Laser Melting Innovations, Aachen, Germany.

    A spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT receives a special distinction: the Aachen-based company Laser Melting Innovations GmbH & Co. KG is one of the winners of the “formnext Start-up Challenge” 2019. The young Aachen scientists will be honored by the jury for the development of their low-cost system on November 19 at the formnext in Frankfurt on the AM4U stage (hall 11.0-F71). With this system for Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) with metal powder, SMEs in particular have at their disposal an industry-suitable system technology for metallic 3D printing.

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  • Research Project “Additive Manufacturing of Machining Tools out of WC-Co – AM of WC-Co” / 2019

    Additive manufacturing of carbide machining tools

    Fraunhofer ILT / 17.10.2019

    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Tungsten carbide-cobalt is an excellent material for cutting tools as it is extremely heat- and wear-resistant. In the new research project “Additive Manufacturing of Machining Tools out of WC-Co – AM of WC-Co”, scientists from the Institute for Materials Applications in Mechanical Engineering IWM and the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of RWTH Aachen University as well as from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are now investigating how Laser Powder Bed Fusion can be used to process this material. It aims to additively produce cutting tools that achieve longer tool life thanks to complex cooling geometries.

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