Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT

Steinbachstr. 15 , 52074 Aachen

Telephone +49 241 8906-0
Fax +49 241 8906-121

This company is co-exhibitor of
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  • Hall 8a / F34
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COMPAMED 2016 hall map (Hall 8a): stand F34

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COMPAMED 2016 fairground map: Hall 8a

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 10  Equipment and technologies for laboratories and manufacturing
  • 10.02  Manufacturing equipment
  • 10.02.24  Lasers
  • 11  Manufacturing Services
  • 11.16  Forming
  • 11.16.12  Micromachining


  • 11  Manufacturing Services
  • 11.16  Forming
  • 11.16.22  Welding, laser

Welding, laser

  • 13  Services
  • 13.01  Design, Research and Development Services
  • 13.01.13  Microtechnology


  • 13  Services
  • 13.01  Design, Research and Development Services
  • 13.01.14  Optical engineering services

Optical engineering services

  • 13  Services
  • 13.01  Design, Research and Development Services
  • 13.01.17  Prototyping


  • 13  Services
  • 13.01  Design, Research and Development Services
  • 13.01.18  Rapid prototyping

Rapid prototyping

Our products

Product category: Lasers

Lasers and Optics

This technology field - Lasers and Optics - focuses on developing innovative laser beam sources and high quality optical components and systems. Fraunhofer's team of experienced laser engineers builds beam sources which have tailor-made spatial, temporal and spectral characteristics and ranging from μW to GW. These sources span a wide range of types: from diode lasers to solid-state lasers, from high power cw lasers to ultrashort pulse lasers and from single frequency systems to broadband tunable lasers.

In the field of solid-state lasers, oscillators as well as amplification systems with excellent power data hold the center of our attention. Whether our customers are laser manufacturers or users, they do not only receive tailor-made prototypes for their individual needs, but also expert consultation to optimize existing systems. In the realm of short pulsed lasers and broad band amplifiers in particular, numerous patents and record-setting values can be provided as references.

Furthermore, this technology field has a great deal of expertise in beam shaping and guiding, packaging of optical high power components and designing optical components. This field also specializes in dimensioning highly efficient free form optics. In general, the lasers and optics developed here can be applied in areas ranging from laser material processing and measurement engineering to illumination applications and medical technology, all the way to use in pure research.

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Product category: Lasers

Laser Material Processing

Among the many manufacturing processes in the technology field Laser Materials Processing, cutting and joining in micro and macro technology as well as surface processes count among its most important. Whether it be laser cutting or laser welding, drilling or soldering, laser metal deposition or cleaning, structuring or polishing, generating or layering, the range of services spans process development and feasibility studies, simulation and modeling, as well as the integration of processes in production lines.

The strength of the technology field lies in its extensive know-how, which is tailored to customer requirements. In such a way hybrid and combination processes also result. Moreover, complete system solutions are offered in cooperation with a specialized network of partners. Special plants, plant modifications and additional components are the constituent part of numerous R&D projects. For example, special processing heads for laser materials processing are being developed and produced, based on a customer's specific needs. In addition, process optimization by changing the design of components as well as systems to monitor quality on-line count among the specializations of this technology field.

Customers receive laser-specific solutions that incorporate the working material, product design, construction, means of production and quality control. This technology field appeals to laser users from various branches: from machining and tool construction to photovoltaics and precision engineering all the way to aircraft and automobile construction.

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Product category: Lasers

Medical Technology and Biophotonics

Together with partners from the Life Sciences, the technology field Medical Technology and Biophotonics opens up new areas of applications for lasers in therapy and diagnostics as well as in microscopy and analytics. The process Selective Laser Melting, developed at the Fraunhofer ILT, allows implants to be generated, tailored to the individual patent on the basis of data from computer tomography. The material variety ranges from titanium through polyactide all the way to resorbable man-made bone based on calcium phosphate.

In close cooperation with clinical partners, this field develops medical lasers with adapted wavelengths, microsurgical systems and new laser therapy processes for surgery, wound treatment and tissue therapy. Thus, for example, the coagulation of tissue or precise removal of soft and hard tissue is being investigated.

Nanoanalytics as well as point-of-care diagnostics demand inexpensive single-use microfluidic components. These can now be manufactured with high precision up into the nanometer range using laser-based processes such as joining, structuring and functionalizing. Clinical diagnostics, bioanalytics and laser microscopy rely on the institute's profound know-how in measurement technology. In the area of biofunctionalization/biofabrication, processes for in-vitro testing systems or tissue engineering are being advanced. Thanks to its competence in nanostructuring and photochemical surface modification, the technology field is making a contribution to generating biofunctional surfaces.

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Product category: Lasers

Laser Measurement Technology

The focus of the technology field Laser Measurement Technology and EUV Technology lies in manufacturing measurement technology, materials analysis, identification and analysis technology in the areas of recycling and raw materials, measurement and test engineering for environment and security, as well as the use of EUV technology. In the area of manufacturing measurement technology, processes and systems are being developed for inline measurement of physical and chemical parameters in a process line. Quickly and precisely, distances, thicknesses, profiles or chemical composition of raw materials, semi-finished goods or products can be measured.

In the field of material analytics, the institute has acquired profound know-how in spectroscopic measurement processes. Applications are automatic quality control and positive material identification, monitoring of process parameters or online analysis of exhaust gases, dust and wastewater. The more precise the chemical characterization of recycling products, the higher their recycling value. Laser emission spectroscopy has proven itself as an especially reliable measurement tool. In addition to the development of processes, complete prototype plants and mobile systems for industrial use are produced.

In EUV technology, Fraunhofer's experts develop beam sources for lithography, microscopy, nanostructuring or x-ray microscopy. Optical systems for applications in EUV engineering are calculated, constructed and manufactured as well.

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About us

Company details

ILT – this abbreviation has stood for combined know-how in the sector of laser technology for more than 30 years. Innovative solutions for manufacturing and production, development of new technical components, competent consultation and education, highly specialized personnel, state-of-the-art technology as well as international references: these are guarantees for long-term partnerships. The numerous customers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT come from branches such as automobile and machine construction, the chemical industry and electrical engineering, the aircraft industry, precision engineering, medical technology and optics. With more than 415 employees and more than 19,500 m² net floor space, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is among the most significant contracting research and development institutes in its sector worldwide.

The four technology areas of the Fraunhofer ILT cover a wide spectrum of topics within laser technology. In the technology area »Lasers and Optics« we develop tailor-made beam sources as well as optical components and systems. The spectrum reaches from freeform optics over diode and solid-state lasers all the way to fiber and ultrashort pulse lasers. In addition to the development, manufacture and integration of components and systems, we also address optics design, modeling and packaging. In the technology area »Laser Material Processing« we solve tasks involving cutting, ablating, drilling, cleaning, welding, soldering, marking as well as surface treatment and micromanufacturing. Process development and systems engineering stands in the foreground, which includes machine and control engineering, process and beam monitoring as well as modeling and simulation. Along with partners from life sciences, ILT’s experts in the technology field »Medical Technology and Biophotonics« open up new laser applications in bioanalytics, laser microscopy, clinical diagnostics, laser therapy, biofunctionalization and biofabrication. The development and manufacture of implants, microsurgical and microfluidics systems and components also count among the core activities here. In the technology area »Laser Measurement Technology and EUV Technology« we develop processes and systems for our customers which conduct inline measurement of physical and chemical parameters in a process line. In addition to production measurement technology and material analysis, environment and safety as well as recycling and raw materials lie in the focus of our contract research. With EUV technology, we are entering the submicron world of semiconductors and biology.

Under one roof, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT offers research and development, system design and quality assurance, consultation and education. To process the research and development contracts, we have numerous industrial laser systems from various manufacturers as well as an extensive infrastructure. In the user center of the Fraunhofer ILT, guest companies work in their own separate laboratories and offices. This special form of technology transfer is based in a long-term cooperation contract with the institute in the sector of research and development. As an additional benefit, the companies can use the technical infrastructure and exchange information with experts of the Fraunhofer ILT. Around ten companies use the advantages of the user center. Alongside established laser manufacturers and innovative laser users, new founders from the sectors of custom plant construction, laser manufacturing engineering and laser metrology find appropriate surroundings to implement their ideas industrially. The Fraunhofer ILT is part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, with 67 institutes, nerly 24,000 employees and an annual research budget of more than 2.1 billion euros.

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