kW-flexiburst

Ultrashort pulsed kW-class laser with unprecedented flexible GHz burst operation for high precision high-throughput industrial manufacturing
Call: H2020-ICT-2018
Start Date: 01/01/2019
Duration: 48 months
Topic - ICT

The kW-flexiburst project aims to develop a breakthrough laser technology to overcome critical barriers in wide-scale industrial manufacturing. The project will develop a high-power ultra-short pulse laser capable of generating bursts that can be arbitrarily adjusted in terms of burst repetition rate, intra-burst repetition rate, number of pulses per burst and relative intensities in the burst while maintaining 1 kW average power. This will enable the next generation of manufacturing in a range of industrial sectors.

The Impact

The flexible laser performance will be demonstrated in relevant industrial applications, which require high throughput/ high quality laser processing methods and therefore will benefit significantly from the high mean power and the tunable pulses provided by the kW-flexiburst system.

The selected applications span a wide range of industrial fields from micro-structuring of metals, ceramics and other dielectrics, drilling of hard substrates and cutting of transparent materials. Each of them carries the potential for significant or even disruptive improvements of the related industrial production process by employing the kW-flexiburst laser technology in combination with the beam delivery concepts and process methods proposed by the project.

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