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Joining with solid-state lasers set to revolutionize steel construction

Press release (No. 4) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden /

Energy and resource efficiency are gaining ever more significance, which is why the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS has worked with its partners to develop an alternative for conventional steel construction that not only constitutes a process technology solution, but also forms the basis for hardware and laser safety. This solution facilitates gentler machining of high-strength materials, as well as significantly reducing energy consumption and costs while greatly increasing process speed. The energy in-put required for the component can be reduced by up to 80 percent compared with conventional joining processes. Not only that, subsequent straightening of the component is eliminated entirely from the process.