The Laser Applications Division 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.
Technologies and branches
New laser applications for a wide variety of industrial applications: With their expertise in laser materials processing and its stateof- the-art laser systems, the scientists provide support in developing process solutions for customized benefits. Their research covers a wide range of laser processes including welding, cutting, drilling, coating, heat treating, surface marking and structuring, and additive manufacturing. Another area of expertise is the development of system technology for process monitoring and control.
Fraunhofer IWS maintains a close relationship with the CMW 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 CMW. 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.