Save the Date: Symposium Photonic Lightweight Construction 2018

Hannover, 14th/15th March 2018

Detailed information concerning the programme of the event and the registration will be published soon.

After successful completion of the BMBF funding line “Photonic Processes and Tools for Resource-Efficient Lightweight Construction”, the LZH invites to the Symposium Photonic Lightweight Construction for the first time. In the long term, this event shall help to create a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience across the boundaries of the BMBF funding line. Here, the focus will be on laser-based processing methods for innovative concepts in lightweight construction.


  • Welding of metals and dissimilar materials
  • Joining of metals and polymers
  • Surface preparation
  • Cutting and drilling of fiber-reinforced composite materials
  • Welding of thermoplastic structures
  • Rework and repair of fiber-reinforced workpieces
  • Laser beam sources and system technology
  • Process emissions and laser safety

Event Programme

  • Day 1: get together with dinner and live demonstration at the LZH shop floor
  • Day 2: symposium with expert presentations

Date and Place of the Event


Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., Hollerithallee 8, 30419 Hannover, Germany

Dr.-Ing. Peter Jäschke, tel. +49 511 2788 0, email




From March 8th to 9th, 2017, the final meeting of the BMBF funding initiative „Photonic Processes and Tools for Resource-Efficient Lightweight Construction“ took place at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and the Produktionstechnisches Zentrum Hannover (PZH). More than 100 participants met, presented and discussed the results of the nine research groups involved in the collective.

“The results gained within the framework of this collective provide us with important tools for photonic lightweight construction of the future,” says Dr. Peter Jäschke, coordinator of the BMBF funding initiative. “We have strengthened existing cooperation and laid the foundation for new cooperative efforts. This will help us promote lightweight construction outside the boundaries of our collective.”

In the upcoming year the “Symposium Photonischer Leichtbau” will be the new platform to continue the work. The symposium will take place from March 14th to 15th 2018 in Hannover. More information will follow shortly.



ICALEO-LogoFrom 16 – 20 October 2016, the 35th International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®), one of the most important international conferences on laser material processing, took place in San Diego, CA/USA. The coordinator of the BMBF funding initiative “Photonic Lightweight Construction”, Dr.-Ing. Peter Jaeschke, presented the initiative and the corresponding cooperative projects in the course of a Sub Plenary talk. Moreover, a special session was initiated for the initiative („Photonics for Light Weight Construction“), in which expert presentations of the participating cooperative projects were held.



eccm17_logoFrom 26 – 30 June 2016, the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM 2016) took place in Munich, Germany. Here, the BMBF funding initiative “Photonic Lightweight Construction” was presented by the coordinator, Dr.-Ing. Peter Jaeschke, in a talk. The programme of the next ECCM conference can be found here.



Ei Ausbruch 06From 15 – 16 June 2016, the 10th international CFK-Valley Stade Convention took place at the STADEUM in Stade, Germany. The motto of this year’s event was “Carbon & Mobility”. You can find the program here.
Parallel to the Convention, there was an exhibition, at which the Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) was represented at exhibition stand no. 5 (Exhibition Space B). As coordinator of the BMBF funding initiative “Photonic Lightweight Construction”, LZH presented the different cooperative projects of the initiative here.


Cooperative Projects

Acutally, 9 cooperative projects are funded in the course of the call “Photonic Methods and Tools for Ressource-Efficient Lightweight Construction”.


From Manufactory to Series Production
– Photonic Tools for Lightweight Structures


The efficient use of limited resources is one of the major challenges of our time. Against this background, lightweight construction concepts are getting more and more important in today’s traffic industry, in particular automotive and aircraft industry. In order to achieve a widespread use of lightweight materials, it is necessary to develop new processing methods as well as testing and measurement procedures for a large variety of materials, which would allow for the realization of an economically efficient, flexible and automated high volume production. Here, photonic methods, especially laser material processing technologies, provide adequate solutions. The high flexibility and especially the contact-free, wear-free interaction mechanism of laser radiation with matter provides advantages with respect to the machining of materials, which cause notable tool wear if processed with conventional machining methods. The possibility of a strongly localized energy deposition, customized for the respective production requirements, opens up new opportunities for the machining of temperature-sensitive materials. By means of the funding initiative “Photonic Processes and Tools for Resource-Efficient Lightweight Construction” in the course of the programme “Photonics Research Germany”, it is the goal of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to overcome existing barriers with respect to widespread introduction of lightweight materials into high volume production. For research work in 9 cooperative projects, the BMBF provides almost 30 million euros in total.