Bringing laser-based innovations to the market more quickly and reliably is the aim of the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and the 37 partners in the EU project LASHARE.
In a cross-cutting subproject lead by the LZH assessment criteria for new technologies shall be determined. In the future, these criteria shall help to reliably evaluate if and how new laser-based products can attain market maturity. The scientists of the research institute themselves are pushing forward three prototypes in the fields of metal cutting, 2 µm lasers and a mobile processing unit.
In the LASHARE subproject CUDE the DPI diode laser system is being further developed for metal processing at 2 kW output power with constant high beam quality.
© DirectPhotonics Industries GmbH
Normally, innovative laser-based products take a long time before they are ready for industry. The small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) developing the technologies very often lack the know-how and resources to match the technologies to the demands of industry. Therefore, investors consider these technologies to be too risky. In consequence, many innovative ideas never make it beyond the development level or small series production.
In the EU project LASHARE, in a cross-cutting subproject lead by the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH), relevant assessment criteria for new laser-based products shall be developed. Based upon these criteria SMEs shall be able to evaluate their developments more easily and provide potential investors with more security.
Evaluating the costs and benefit of new technologies
The criteria costs, required time and resources for system integration, modularity of the components, interfaces to other systems and universal applicability (plug & play) shall be made measurable to make the costs and benefits of the new technology visible. The LZH cooperates closely with the five research partners of the project and collects information of the worldwide operating manufacturers. The criteria are tested using existing pre-commercial products which are being further developed within the LASHARE subprojects.
LZH: bringing three products to the market
Within the scope of the EU project the LZH is also further developing three technologies. In the subproject CUDE, a 2 kw diode laser with high beam quality for metal processing shall be developed and integrated into a laser cutting machine. For the MOBILAS subproject a mobile processing unit for shipbuilding and large steel constructions is being further developed to weld, cut and ablate corrosion and paint. A 2 µm laser and beam analysis system is being further developed and tested under industrial conditions in the TWOMICRO subproject. Plastics, such as plexiglass, shall be processed with this system. All these products are fully functional under laboratory conditions and shall now be further developed to prove operation in practice and to rapidly transfer them into industry.
LASHARE is the acronym of a European project involving more than 30 SMEs from across Europe, large industrial enterprises and six of the most renowned laser research institutes. LASHARE is being coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT).
The main objective is to turn innovative prototypes into robust solutions which can be transferred to industry. In each subproject SMEs, research institutes and large industrial enterprises are represented. Thus, the laser-based product will perfectly match the demands of the industry.
http://www.lashare.eu - project website
Lena Bennefeld | Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.
Locating natural resources in the deep sea – easily and eco-friendly
25.04.2016 | Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.
Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing
05.04.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
Physicists of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich in collaboration with scientists from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg have observed a light-matter phenomenon in nano-optics, which lasts only attoseconds.
The interaction between light and matter is of key importance in nature, the most prominent example being photosynthesis. Light-matter interactions have also...
A biological and energy-efficient process, developed and patented by the University of Innsbruck, converts nitrogen compounds in wastewater treatment facilities into harmless atmospheric nitrogen gas. This innovative technology is now being refined and marketed jointly with the United States’ DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). The largest DEMON®-system in a wastewater treatment plant is currently being built in Washington, DC.
The DEMON®-system was developed and patented by the University of Innsbruck 11 years ago. Today this successful technology has been implemented in about 70...
Permanent magnets are very important for technologies of the future like electromobility and renewable energy, and rare earth elements (REE) are necessary for their manufacture. The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg, Germany, has now succeeded in identifying promising approaches and materials for new permanent magnets through use of an in-house simulation process based on high-throughput screening (HTS). The team was able to improve magnetic properties this way and at the same time replaced REE with elements that are less expensive and readily available. The results were published in the online technical journal “Scientific Reports”.
The starting point for IWM researchers Wolfgang Körner, Georg Krugel, and Christian Elsässer was a neodymium-iron-nitrogen compound based on a type of...
In the Beyond EUV project, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen and for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena are developing key technologies for the manufacture of a new generation of microchips using EUV radiation at a wavelength of 6.7 nm. The resulting structures are barely thicker than single atoms, and they make it possible to produce extremely integrated circuits for such items as wearables or mind-controlled prosthetic limbs.
In 1965 Gordon Moore formulated the law that came to be named after him, which states that the complexity of integrated circuits doubles every one to two...
Characterization of high-quality material reveals important details relevant to next generation nanoelectronic devices
Quantum mechanics is the field of physics governing the behavior of things on atomic scales, where things work very differently from our everyday world.
24.05.2016 | Event News
20.05.2016 | Event News
19.05.2016 | Event News
31.05.2016 | Power and Electrical Engineering
31.05.2016 | Life Sciences
31.05.2016 | Information Technology