Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Safe investments in innovation: LZH develops assessment criteria for laser-based Technologies

07.03.2014

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. 

About LASHARE

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.

Weitere Informationen:

http://www.lashare.eu - project website

Lena Bennefeld | Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.

Further reports about: ILT LASHARE LZH Laser SMEs developing investments processing prototypes series technologies

More articles from Machine Engineering:

nachricht New options for high-strength fibre ropes
17.06.2016 | Technologie Lizenz-Büro (TLB) der Baden-Württembergischen Hochschulen GmbH

nachricht Highest measurement speed and flexibility due to automated ultrasonic testing
03.06.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme IKTS

All articles from Machine Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Thousands on one chip: New Method to study Proteins

Since the completion of the human genome an important goal has been to elucidate the function of the now known proteins: a new molecular method enables the investigation of the function for thousands of proteins in parallel. Applying this new method, an international team of researchers with leading participation of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) was able to identify hundreds of previously unknown interactions among proteins.

The human genome and those of most common crops have been decoded for many years. Soon it will be possible to sequence your personal genome for less than 1000...

Im Focus: Optical lenses, hardly larger than a human hair

3D printing enables the smalles complex micro-objectives

3D printing revolutionized the manufacturing of complex shapes in the last few years. Using additive depositing of materials, where individual dots or lines...

Im Focus: Flexible OLED applications arrive

R2D2, a joint project to analyze and development high-TRL processes and technologies for manufacture of flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been successfully completed.

In contrast to point light sources like LEDs made of inorganic semiconductor crystals, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are light-emitting surfaces. Their...

Im Focus: Unexpected flexibility found in odorant molecules

High resolution rotational spectroscopy reveals an unprecedented number of conformations of an odorant molecule – a new world record!

In a recent publication in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter...

Im Focus: 3-D printing produces cartilage from strands of bioink

Strands of cow cartilage substitute for ink in a 3D bioprinting process that may one day create cartilage patches for worn out joints, according to a team of engineers. "Our goal is to create tissue that can be used to replace large amounts of worn out tissue or design patches," said Ibrahim T. Ozbolat, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics. "Those who have osteoarthritis in their joints suffer a lot. We need a new alternative treatment for this."

Cartilage is a good tissue to target for scale-up bioprinting because it is made up of only one cell type and has no blood vessels within the tissue. It is...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Quantum technologies to revolutionise 21st century - Nobel Laureates discuss at Lindau

30.06.2016 | Event News

International Conference ‘GEO BON’ Wants to Close Knowledge Gaps in Global Biodiversity

28.06.2016 | Event News

ERES 2016: The largest conference in the European real estate industry

09.06.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

Modeling NAFLD with human pluripotent stem cell derived immature hepatocyte like cells

30.06.2016 | Health and Medicine

Rice University lab runs crowd-sourced competition to create 'big data' diagnostic tools

30.06.2016 | Life Sciences

A drop of water as a model for the interplay of adhesion and stiction

30.06.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>