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Innovation in 3D: Laser Powder Bed Fusion

08.05.2024

An innovative 3D printing process is breaking down traditional manufacturing boundaries and opening up unimagined possibilities from aerospace to medical technology: laser powder bed fusion (LPBF). In our interview, Tim Lantzsch from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT explains current applications of this promising additive manufacturing technology.
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The future of material processing: FemtoGLASS for glass and sapphire at COMPAMED 2023

13.11.2023

At COMPAMED 2023, Aurimas Vrubliauskas from WOP/Workshop of Photonics shows us FemtoGLASS, a new device for laser cutting technology, in the video. It can be used to process glass and sapphire - perfect for research and production, from microfluidics to micro-optics.
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Image: Person holding a sensor in hands; Copyright: Kate Myers/Penn State

Kate Myers/Penn State

Wearable sensor for continuous analysis of sweat

03.10.2023

Continuous monitoring of sweat can reveal valuable information about human health, such as the body’s glucose levels. However, wearable sensors previously developed for this purpose have been lacking, unable to withstand the rigors or achieve the specificity needed for continuous monitoring. Now, the research team has created a novel wearable patch that may be up to the task.
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Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen

What can AI do in laser materials processing?

30.08.2023

Automation and zero-defect production are important trends in machine construction. Artificial intelligence (AI) plays a major role in advancing both of them. Today, it can already detect deviations in process monitoring data and implement quality control in real time. In the future, AI will regulate many more processes and simplify process planning through assistance functions.
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Image: Six artificial fingerprint patterns with different properties to visualise individual fluorescence and topography; Copyright: Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces / Dr Felix Loeffler

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces / Dr Felix Loeffler

Product safety: anti-counterfeiting through laser printing

15.06.2023

A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) has developed a method that could make it more difficult to counterfeit products in the future. The new and patented method makes it possible to produce unique, non-copyable fluorescent patterns quickly, environmentally friendly and at low costs.
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Image: The developed mini scanner and a two Euro coin for size comparison; Copyright: Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen

Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen

Compact laser scanner with 90 percent less construction volume

30.05.2023

Galvanometer scanners have been in use in laser material processing for decades. However, a team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has now developed a new, particularly compact scanner module for applications in 3D printing, micromachining or medical technology.
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