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Laser structuring improves adhesion on metal and protects the environment

Scientists of the Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and the Fraunhofer IFAM Bremen have developed a novel technology for the large area, efficient and environmentally friendly pre-processing of fiber glass metal laminates (GLARE). This new technology has been jointly developed within the framework of the aeronautical research project » AUTOGLARE- advanced metal fuselage construction- fiber glass reinforced aluminum and automated manufacturing processes for high production rates in the aircraft industry; Sub-project NFM-GLARE «. The adhesively bonded multilayer composites, pre-processed by laser, verifiably provide excellent adhesion and corrosion properties so that chemical pre-processing in anodizing bathes are no longer necessary.

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New laser processes for innovative lightweight design

Lightweight design is one of the mostly progressive research areas involved in accomplishing the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, as well as the reduction of CO2 emissions. Innovative materials, such as carbon or glass fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP/GFRP), as well as metal foams, contribute to the successful implementation of the target set by the Federal Government. The Fraunhofer IWS has been researching in this field for many years to provide promising and affordable solutions for our industrial and research partners. One of these solutions is the laser-remote cutting technique.

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Smart laser processing heads in the digital age

Integrated digitization of processes for laser materials processing provides customers with measurable results in industrial applications. Based on the IWS’ comprehensive systems engineering know-how, cyber-physical laser materials processing systems are being developed by means of new hardware and software solutions. These systems assist the operator in the performance of complex manufacturing tasks, they improve product quality, and they enhance the reproducibility of manufacturing results both for regular and frequently changing production sequences. Research developments for hardening, cutting and joining as well as for additive manufacturing processes will be presented at the Hannover Messe Industrie and at the Laser Messe München.

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Artificial mini organisms instead of animal testing

Everyone wants medication – we’re not talking about animal testing here. Up to now, this has been a necessary evil in medical research. Microphysiological systems, in which organs and organ systems are “created” are a promising alternative. Therewith, complex mechanisms of the human body can be realistically analyzed. Among other things, these microsystems contain ducts, reservoirs, actuating elements, sensor technology and 3D scaffols “made by laser”. The Fraunhofer IWS offers partners from the fields of biology and medicine complete solutions for microsystem technology – from design to prototype, including the automation system.

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