Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT

Partner for Innovations

We light up new paths: Whether car manufacturing, photovoltaics, aircraft industry or medical engineering, the most diverse branches of industry are profiting from the brilliant power of the laser.

As a tool, light is indisputably an innovation driver. Germany occupies a top position worldwide in the field of optical technology and is holding its own as the world leader in laser manufacturing technology. And, thanks to the intensive research it carries out at the cutting edge between science and practice, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has been making its own contribution to this success - for more than 30 years.

Opening Up New Perspectives

With around 440 employees, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is one of the world's leading contract research institutes in laser development and laser applications. On more than 19,500 m² of floor space, we offer a modern and flexible environment for handling technological projects; our entire infrastructure is state-of-the-art. Furthermore, our patent portfolio covers over 450 patents in the last 30 years.

At Fraunhofer ILT, we have core competencies in developing new laser beam sources and components, laser-based measurement, testing and production technology. These include, for example, cutting, ablating, drilling, welding and soldering, as well as surface treatment, microfabrication and rapid manufacturing.

Our Additive Manufacturing division, with more than 60 scientists and engineers, is one of the R & D priorities of Fraunhofer ILT. We use high-performance AM systems from relevant system manufacturers to develop applications on behalf of industrial customers from various industries. In addition, Fraunhofer ILT is developing new concepts for the systematic scaling of AM processes and plants.