People with a material processing problem who do not know 

  • which technology, laser system or process is best suited for their problem, or
  • which material can be processed under which conditions and which manufacturer, or plant engineer,

offers suitable solutions for their manufacturing problem, can obtain valuable answers, tips and information here and establish contacts.

Well-known laser institutes offer to share their expertise on all three trade fair days. 

They are: consultants from

  • the Bavarian Laser Centre GmbH (blz),
  • the Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge of the University of Stuttgart (IFSW),
  • the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Laser Technology (IWS), as well as
  • the Hanover Laser Centre e.V. (LZH).

Experienced employees share their know-how and expertise for free and refer to exhibitors who can help solve the manufacturing problem.


Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH

Due to their precision and flexibility matched with high machining rates and high efficiency, laser-based technologies open up new opportunities for designing products and processes. The development of new laser beam sources in combination with fast beam guiding systems has led to a considerable increase in the efficiency of processes. Examples are laser beam welding of dissimilar metal combinations and joining of fibre-reinforced plastic for lightweight construction or micro-machining of different materials for the generation of completely new functions. Currently, laser-based additive manufacturing technologies are in focus of interest. The selection of appropriate system technology and processes is essential for the success of new laser technologies in production. As an independent research and services enterprise the Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH (blz) has cross-technological competences including process technology, system technology, laser safety as well as training and education. Thus the blz is a qualified partner for production-related questions. We are pleased to support you to meet the technological challenges of the future with modern manufacturing processes.

For information on our current research and development activities, please see blz website.


Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS, Dresden

The Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS Dresden stands for innovations in laser and surface technology. As an institute of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V., IWS offers one stop solutions ranging from the development of new processes to implementation into production up to application-oriented support. The fields of systems technology and process simulation complement the core competencies. The business fields of Fraunhofer IWS include PVD and nanotechnology, chemical surface and reaction technology, thermal surface technology, generation and printing, joining, laser ablation and separation as well as microtechnology. The competence field of material characterization and testing supports the research activities.

At Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau, IWS runs the Fraunhofer Application Center for Optical Metrology and Surface Technologies AZOM. The Fraunhofer project group at the Dortmunder OberflächenCentrum DOC® is also integrated into the Dresden Institute. The main cooperation partners in the USA include the Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies (CCD) at Michigan State University in East Lansing and the Center for Laser Applications (CLA) in Plymouth, Michigan. Fraunhofer IWS employs around 450 people at its headquarters in Dresden.

Read more in the current annual report (only in German).


Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW), Stuttgart

The Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW) of the University of Stuttgart was founded in 1986 and contributes to the progress of laser technologies for materials processing with outstanding research and training. The main activities are currently devoted to selected topics in the fields of laser beam sources (especially the thin-disk laser), optical elements and components for beam delivery and beam shaping as well as fundamental investigations on the light-matter interaction with the subsequent process development of macro and micro applications for industrial manufacturing.

Laser Development and Laser Optics
Diode-pumped solid-state lasers, beam shaping, beam delivery, characterization of laser beams and optical elements, fiber optics, fiber production, integrated optics

Laser Materials Processing
Developments for macro- and micro-processing, process and quality control

Within the commercial business operating area of the university, the IFSW also provides products and services for industrial customers. The offer ranges from mounted and individually qualified laser crystals, thin disk laser modules, beam shaping optics (e.g. grating mirrors), and complete systems to the development of individual solutions and analytic services in metallography.


Dr. Rudolf Weber
+49 (0)711 685-66844


University of Stuttgart
Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW)
Pfaffenwaldring 43
70569 Stuttgart


Organisation and public relations:

Heidi-Maria Götz M.A.
+49 (0)711-685-66861 


Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.

The Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) develops processes for the laser material processing of tomorrow. From small orders to the development and integration of comprehensive processes – the LZH is your partner for research and development, manufacturing and consulting.

The latest findings from applied and fundamental research are used by the researchers to optimize your manufacturing processes and to further develop innovative optical production technologies. Regardless of the processing presentation or the material, the LZH develops tailor-made solutions for you. In addition, the focus is on the monitoring and control of machining processes and laser safety technology.

The research institute's work spectrum includes light-based processes such as cutting, welding, ablation and structuring as well as additive manufacturing for metals, polymers, glass and composites. The LZH works closely with customers from the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, tool and mold making, shipbuilding and deep-sea mining as well as electronics manufacturing and biomedical engineering.


Dr.-Ing. Jörg Hermsdorf
+49 511 2788-370


Dipl.-Biol. Lena Bennefeld
+49 511 2788-238