Directed Energy Manufacturing

The integration of Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes is important for an efficient, modern production. AM offers new opportunities to optimize existing process chains, to change value chains and to create new business models.

Everything from one source

At the Fraunhofer IPT, experts from various production technologies work hand in hand. For this reason, we are always able to consider all links in the process chain, including other technologies such as milling, electro-erosive machining (EDM and ECM) or material processing with high-pressure water jets.

The services of the department "Directed Energy Manufacturing" include the integration of laser-based manufacturing technologies into process chains as well as the analysis and optimization of processes along the entire manufacturing chain - from design and manufacturing to post-processing and metrology.

Our range of topics extends from Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) and Laser Cladding with Wire (LMD-W) to the functionalization of surfaces and the repair of high-quality components and tools using laser beams. By considering complete process chains and our deep understanding of other technologies, we are also competent partners for questions of technology organization and optimization of hybrid manufacturing systems.

Our services at a glance   

  • Process development
  • Feasibility studies
  • Prototype manufacturing
  • Development of hybrid process chains
  • Integration of laser systems in machine tools
  • Evaluation, design and integration of additive manufacturing processes

Our Fields of Action


Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF)


Laser Structuring


Laser Metal Deposition – Wire (LMD-W)


Additive Manufacturing in the Process Chain