The ultrashort pulse laser has been known to shine whenever highly sensitive material needs to be machined quickly yet gently. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has investigated one such application: The researchers developed a quick, reliable and nondestructive method of ablating lithium-ion batteries’ anode material with an ultrashort pulsed laser beam. This ablation technique exposes electrical contact points called tabs.
The Fraunhofer lead project Future AM aims to accelerate the additive production of metal components by at least a factor of 10. Six Fraunhofer Institutes have joined forces to deliver tangible results at Formnext 2019.
Metallic 3D printing is on track for automotive series production. In the future, at least 50,000 parts per year are to be produced in series production and more than 10,000 individual and spare parts. This goal is supported by the IDAM joint project.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT presented a procedure for the additive production of copper materials using Selective Laser Melting with green light. The process is intended to process highly conductive, pure copper, for example in the small series production of electrical components.