From 08 – 09 March 2017, the final event of the BMBF funding initiative “Photonic Processes and Tools for Resource-Efficient Lightweight Construction” will take place at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) in Hannover, Germany, and the Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH) in Garbsen, Germany. Here, the representatives of the different cooperative projects of the BMBF funding initiative will present important results of their projects, and an intensive discussion between the participants of the meeting is expected. Apart from the representatives of the BMBF and the responsible project management organization, participation in the meeting is restricted to members of the different cooperative projects. These members can download the agenda of the meeting in the download section.



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.