Laser facilities can be integrated as universal tools into machine tools and automated manufacturing lines. New modular tool systems allow the flexible deployment and replacement of laser and machining tools, permitting virtually any combination or alternation of conventional and laser-assisted technologies in the treatment of surfaces. Today’s hybrid tool systems are capable of meeting the increasingly ambitious productivity, quality and cost-effectiveness targets for a wide range of products, even when the batch sizes are small.
The Fraunhofer IPT has many years of experience in the field of integrating laser systems into machine tools, for example by converting conventional milling, turning and spinning machines to hybrid machine tools. Such facilities can complete laser-assisted manufacturing processes or combine additive manufacturing with machining techniques. Our strategy of integrating laser equipment into existing production lines is minimally invasive, ensuring that the fundamental architecture of the underlying facility remains as intact as feasible. Whenever possible, we are using standard components to ensure that the machine can be easily upgraded, maintained and operated, as long as this does not affect the machine’s original functionality.
- Development and evaluation of individual processes and process chains in hybrid machine tools
- Design and construction of solutions for the integration of lasers into machine tools
- Design and construction of laser optics and mechanical tools (including wire feeding mechanisms) for hybrid machine tools