Fraunhofer develops EHLA ultra-high-speed laser material deposition process for coating metal parts

Fraunhofer develops EHLA ultra-high-speed laser material deposition process for coating metal parts

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) have developed a new additive manufacturing method for coating, and repairing, metal parts. Fraunhofer believes the technique, known as ultra-high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA), has potential to replace current corrosion and wear protection methods such as hard chrome plating and thermal spraying. The development, which included researchers from both Fraunhofer and RWTH Aachen University, was recently awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize. For this accomplishment, EHLA researchers – Dr. Andres Gasser, Thomas Schopphoven and Gerhard Maria Backes – were awarded €50,000. The EHLA developers, Thomas Schopphoven, Gerhard Maria Backes and […]

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