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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

  • Inspiration for high-volume production / 2020

    Laser Colloquium Hydrogen LKH2: fast and reliable fuel cell manufacturing

    Fraunhofer ILT / 15.1.2020

    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Interest in the use of fuel cells is steadily increasing as a result of the shift toward e-mobility and the broader adoption of renewable energy sources. To examine this development, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is organizing the first Laser Colloquium Hydrogen LKH2, which will take place in Aachen on March 18, 2020. The event will focus not only on laser cutting and welding of fuel cell components, but also on the execution and monitoring of the entire process chain.

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  • © Fraunhofer IST, Jan Benz

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has founded a hydrogen network - which now also includes the Fraunhofer IST, represented by Dr.-Ing. Marko Eichler. The aim of the network is developing hydrogen technologies to market maturity within a short period of time and therefore providing a contribution towards the energy revolution.

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  • Roll-to-roll production of organic photovoltaics / 2019

    EffiLayers gets organic photovoltaics rolling

    Fraunhofer ILT / 19.12.2019

    © 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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  • International Conference on Reactive Sputter Deposition / 2019

    Fraunhofer IST organizes the RSD in Germany for the first time

    Fraunhofer IST / 10.12.2019

    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    From 5th - 6th December 2019, the 18th International Conference on Reactive Sputter Deposition RSD took place in Braunschweig, Germany for the first time. Organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, the conference and accompanying exhibition provided an excellent platform for the around 100 participants from 22 countries to discuss the latest trends and their implementation in new technologies and innovative products.

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  • KODOS project (“Konfektionierter Dünnglas-Verbund für optoelektronische Systeme”) / 2019

    On the move into application: Optoelectronic systems on thin glass

    Fraunhofer FEP / 9.12.2019

    © Fraunhofer FEP

    The recently launched KODOS project (“Konfektionierter Dünnglas-Verbund für optoelektronische Systeme”, Thin Glass Composites for Optoelectronic Systems), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is designed to transform thin glass into finished products along the entire value chain. The companies EMDE development of light, Volkswagen and Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, which focus on application development, have joined forces with the technology suppliers tesa, VON ARDENNE, Flabeg, 4JET microtech, SURAGUS, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP. The aim of the consortium is to be able to offer a complete modular system of functional materials, semi-finished products, tools, and technologies for the roll-to-roll production of optoelectronic systems on thin glass.

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  • Climate research through LIDAR system / 2019

    Collecting complex climate data thanks to compact alexandrite lasers

    Fraunhofer ILT / 5.12.2019

    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Higher atmospheric layers are becoming more and more interesting for climate researchers, but the areas above 40 km are only directly accessible with sounding rockets. A newly developed LIDAR system (Light Detection and Ranging) with a diode-pumped alexandrite laser will soon make such research possible remotely. Scientists from the Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are developing a system that is not only easy to transport but also works independently. In the future, a LIDAR network will be able to deliver data from the atmosphere continuously and on a large scale.

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  • “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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “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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