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Process development with state-of-the-art laser systems

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen and Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH from Ditzingen / Germany have signed a cooperation agreement. They want to cooperate more closely in the field of Laser Material Deposition and accelerate the transfer of the technology to industry. Customers will benefit from the unique combination of leading laser system technology and many years of application-specific process know-how.

“When we transfer our technologies to industrial applications, our customers are increasingly focusing on the questions of systems engineering implementation, especially with regard to the availability, stability and suitability of the components”, explains Dr. Thomas Schopphoven, head of the Laser Material Deposition Competence Area at Fraunhofer ILT.

For process and application development in Aachen, Trumpf provides the team at Fraunhofer ILT with state-of-the-art laser systems that have various optical systems and powder feed nozzles. “In this way, we research our processes directly on industrially relevant systems. This enables us to transfer our research into customer applications particularly efficiently”, says Schopphoven.

The plant will be installed at the beginning of this year and available for the first tests in the spring. Numerous promising applications are already in sight, such as the economical coating of passenger car brake discs or the wear and corrosion protection of hydraulic cylinders.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

ilt.fraunhofer.de

trumpf.com

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