The main objective of this research program is to demonstrate the potential of a new generation of laser systems developed at HiLASE for real industrial applications and to initiate and influence further laser technology development according to industrial demands. In other words, together with our partners we jointly develop industrially relevant processes, which are not feasible with standard laser solutions on the market.
Our focus is to develop and optimize according to end users' needs new and innovative processes in the fields of efficient Laser Micromachining, Laser Shock Peening (LSP) and Laser Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT). For this purpose, we have developed experimental stations around HiLASE laser systems using state-of-the-art diagnostics, robotics, laser beam shaping and manipulation techniques. Among the most promising applications are precise laser micromachining techniques, such as fabrication of functional large size surfaces, cutting, drilling, marking, for example, with efficiency and quality well above nowadays industrial standards, and testing of damage threshold for optics and coatings in new laser radiation regimes, surface treatments to increase fatigue life of loaded parts by influencing residual stress, surface hardness, and/or corrosion resistance.