With more than 415 employees and more than 19,500 m² net floor space the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is worldwide one of the most important development and contract research institutes of its specific field. Activities cover a wide range of areas such as the development of new laser beam sources and components, precise laser based metrology, testing technology and industrial laser processes. This includes laser cutting, caving, drilling, welding and soldering as well as surface treatment, micro processing and rapid manufacturing.
Furthermore, the Fraunhofer ILT is engaged in laser plant technology, process control, modelling and simulation as well as in the entire system technology. We offer feasibility studies, process qualification and laser integration in customer specific manufacturing lines. Fraunhofer ILT is part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, with 67 institutes, nearly 24,000 employees and an annual research budget of more than 2.1 billion euros. Within the framework of the AMAZE project Fraunhofer ILT is involved in WPs 3b, 3c, 4 and 7.
In WPs 3b and 3c, the objectives are to significantly increase the productivity of the powder-bed AM process selective laser melting (SLM) and the powder-blown process laser metal deposition (LMD) by using enhanced laser powers and adapted process parameters as well as innovative scanning strategy for the nickel-based alloy IN718. In working point WP4, the process of laser polishing is to be further developed so that the reworking of complex powder-bed AM components made of IN718 becomes possible.
In WP 7 the Fraunhofer ILT is working on the additive production of the demonstrator ‘pylon bracket’ provided by Airbus Group. The goal is to manufacture the component with the process control developed in WP3b and 3c for SLM and LMD and to set the production times in relation to the state of the art AM manufacture.