Michigan / USA

Center for Laser Applications (CLA)

Remote laser welding of automotive lift gate assembly
© Photo Fraunhofer CLA

Remote laser welding of automotive lift gate assembly

Laser additive manufacturing of turbine blade demonstrator
© Photo Fraunhofer CLA

Laser additive manufacturing of turbine blade demonstrator

Fraunhofer USA’s Center for Laser Applications has been operating in the USA since 1994 developing laser applications for a wide range of American industrial customers. The center is located in Plymouth, Michigan near Detroit.

CLA has extensive expertise in laser material processing and a state-of-the-art laser lab. CLA works on macro and micro scale laser applications development in the following markets:

  • automotive
  • alternative Energy
  • oil and gas
  • aerospace
  • consumer goods

Fraunhofer CLA offers the following technologies: laser welding, cutting, cladding, additive manufacturing, heat treatment, remote processing and hybrid processing including combining lasers with arc welding and induction heating processes.

Worldwide competence

Fraunhofer IWS maintains a close relationship with the CLA and this offers a number of advantages to IWS including the ability to recognize quickly new trends in the US market, which can influence the technology development plan for both IWS and CLA.

The research and development work performed in the United States generates additional know-how and competencies, which benefit the project acquisition in German and European markets.