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 500 employees and more than 19,500 m² net floor space the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is worldwide one of the most important development and contract research institutes of its specific field. The activities cover a wide range of areas such as the development of new laser beam sources and components, precise laser based metrology, testing technology and industrial laser processes. This includes laser cutting, caving, drilling, welding and soldering as well as surface treatment, micro processing 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.