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BBW Lasertechnik Research Projects

Research Projects

Ever since our founding, we have driven innovation – always with the goal of increasing customer satisfaction and advancing the state of technology.

In recent years, we have made numerous process developments. In addition to classic process developments made together with customers based on a product concept, we have been involved in general industry research into new laser processes and technology concepts for many years.

We are a member of the DVS (German Welding Society) technical committee, which gives us direct contact with other companies and research institutes involved in laser material processing. Our R&D department participates in technical committee FA6 and advises various project committees, meaning we have a hand in current trends and developments.

From 2014 to 2017 we were part of a network with well-known partners in the ZIM project “LaRS”. ZIM is the Central Innovation Programme for small and medium-sized enterprises. In the LaRS development project, we designed and built a clamping device with integrated suction for a laser remote cutting system for CFRP materials.

In 2019, we decided to get even more involved in sponsored research projects, and to build and strengthen our cooperation with other companies and institutes. Currently, we are project partners in four active and publicly funded research projects. Further projects, such as OCT process monitoring and laser welding with colored wavelengths, are in the planning or application stage.

 

Our current research projects and partners:  

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At the start of 2020, the TopLamp research project was approved by DLR as part of the “Eureka Eurostars” funding programme (Eurostars project number: E!113752).

TopLamp is an international cooperation between German and South Korean partners – BBW Lasertechnik is the German project leader and the ILT Fraunhofer Institute is the German scientific institution, whilst K-Lab and the KIMM Institute represent South Korea. Including a corona-related extension, the project has a duration of 2.5 years.

The goal is to develop a 2D, on-the-fly technology platform for bipolar plates, and to develop a self-learning system on the basis of process monitoring data. The technology platform has now been completed at BBW Lasertechnik and is already impressing with its performance.

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In mid-2021 we received the acceptance letter for our research project, Tramik (project number AZ-1501-21), from the Bavarian Research Foundation.

With Raylase and Innolas as industrial users and the Technical University of Munich as scientific institution, this project is a purely Bavarian consortium. The official start date is 1 January 2022 and the project will run for three years.

This project involves developing a software module for autonomous trajectory planning for scanner modules. A lot of time is wasted due to suboptimal compensation movement and braking motion, especially when working on longer surfaces. In addition, high scanner acceleration can lead to reduced accuracy. The optimisation achieved by Tramik should target an improvement in cycle times and accuracy through optimized movements.

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Shortly after permission for Tramik was granted in 2021, we won over the jury at the European Horizon programme’s first Pulsate ideas competition for our Weldshape development project.

Over the course of this 13-month project, we are working together with Israeli laser producer Civan. One focus is on integrating a high-power SmartMove scanner with a 16 kW single mode laser (that utilises Civan’s newly developed CBC laser technology) into a laser system we have built. At the same time, we also want to illustrate the improved weldability of limited-weldability aluminium alloys through dynamic beam shaping.

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At the end of 2021, we received permission from AiF Projekt GmbH for our LaserComposite ZIM research project (funding code KK5239801WO1).

For the next two years, we will be working together with the Ilmenau Technical University and 4D engineering company. Innoscripta GmbH will provide project management support.

The goal of this project is to marketably develop a safe, high-quality welding process for Al-Cu compounds with a 90% reduction of intermetallic phases. This includes both basic research into various laser welding methods with infrared and green lasers, as well as the use of innovative process monitoring.

 

Are you interested in collaborating on R&D? Contact us today, we’d love to discuss the possibilities.

Do you have any questions? We’re happy to help!