A multifunctional laser processing head with additional additive manufacturing steps. (Photo courtesy Fraunhofer/Thomas Ernsting.)
A multifunctional laser processing head with additional additive manufacturing steps. (Photo courtesy Fraunhofer/Thomas Ernsting.)

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is coordinating a project to develop laser tools that could combine cutting, welding and additive manufacturing (AM) in one machine.

MultiPROmobil, which stands for ‘multifunctional robot technology with a universal laser tool for separating, joining and additive manufacturing processes in semi-bionic lightweight e-mobility’ is also focused on developing intelligent design and simulation software to improve the process chain.

‘In volatile markets, laser technology combined with digitalization is a predestined enabler for cost-effective production,’ said Dr Dirk Petring, group leader for Macro Joining and Cutting at Fraunhofer ILT and project coordinator.

 According to Fraunhofer, engineering efficiency could be increased and startup times reduced by around 30% each with the new technology. In addition, the company wants to reduce unit costs and resource consumption by at least 20% each.

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