Laser Cutting

Our laser beam cutting topics focus on the investigation of process developments in the field of laser fusion cuttings. The scientists especially attach attention to the improvement of the cutting quality in the case of solid-state laser. Another main point is to optimize the cutting of electrical steel sheets without losing any magnetic properties.

Furthermore novel cutting procedures, e.g. Remote laser cutting, have to be qualified in order to be integrated into production processes.

For these tasks we have at our disposal all common lasers with different wave lengths, power and beam qualities, combined with highly dynamic 2D and 3D cutting machines. Apart from commercial processing optics we develop special solutions on customers` request such as scanning systems for Remote processings. Furthermore we offer comprehensive methods to characterize the processing results, such as roughness measurements at the cutting edge or the detection of magnetic reversal losses at laser cut electrical steel sheets.


Service offers

Due to our excellent experiences with industrial customers and our profound knowledge, developed during publically funded projects, we offer:

Event Note


Hybrid Event (Dresden & Online)

Laser Symposium & ISAM 2023

November 29 – December 1, 2023 

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Dynamic beam shaping for optimized laser cutting


High dynamic laser fusion cutting



High-rate joining of bipolar plates from two half plates, Timeframe: 05/2022–11/2025 (BMDV, National Action Plan Fuel Cell Production (H2GO) FKZ: 03B11027A)


Dynamic beam modulation for the optimization of industrial laser processes, Timeframe: 10/2019–12/2022 (Fraunhofer DFG cooperation program)


Development of an efficient, novel beam source for laser materials processing of copper, Timeframe: 07/2021–06/2024 (First joint EUREKA and Photonics21 Mirror Group Call)


AI-assisted laser material processing using fast compact piezo-driven 3D beam shaping and new laser sources, Timeframe: 07/2022–06/2025 (Fraunhofer)

News and Media


Press Release / 30.8.2023

Laser Cutting Under Water

Fraunhofer IWS Seeks New Solution to Process Metals Even Below the Sea Surface


Press release / 21.9.2022

Sandblasting with Light

Fraunhofer IWS developed a laser technology to clean and structure surfaces particularly quickly while protecting the environment.