Science award for multi-beam laser processing
Clear productivity increase in laser-based surface structuring
“Producing intricate structures with high productivity” was the aim of the interdisciplinary team from industry and research that was recently awarded the Science Prize of the Stifterverband for Collaborative Research at the annual conference of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
The team, consisting of Dr. Stephan Brüning (Schepers GmbH & Co. KG), Dr. Gerald Jenke (Saueressig Group), Dr. Keming Du (EdgeWave GmbH), Dr. Manfred Jarczynski (LIMO GmbH) and laser researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, has developed a technology that can be used to split one laser beam into 16 partial beams that can be controlled in parallel and separately. The solution has been integrated into a new machine system based on the Digilas from Schepers that now achieves much better machining quality and much higher speeds than all other conventional systems for roller structuring.
More details about the award-winning project, which is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), can be found here.
The official video about the project here