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Virtual Workshop Series • follow the light • Episode # 2


While clas­si­cal optics is reaching its limits, free­form optics make the phy­si­cally fea­si­ble pos­si­ble and open up com­ple­tely new hori­zons for manu­fac­tu­rers of life sci­ence pro­ducts, auto­ma­tion solu­ti­ons and sen­sor tech­no­logy. fo+ [free­form optics plus] – an asso­cia­tion of sci­en­tists, deve­lo­pers and manu­fac­tu­rers – offers users from high-tech sec­tors the oppor­tu­nity to learn more about free­form optics, their areas of app­li­ca­tion and opti­cal properties.

Episode #2:
Shaping the Future – Freeform Optics for Laser Material Processing

Beam shaping is espe­cially sui­ta­ble for laser mate­rial pro­ces­sing, such as cut­ting, wel­ding and mar­king in the field of micro­ma­chi­ning. Alt­hough Gaus­sian inten­sity dis­tri­bu­ti­ons can be used to rea­lize small struc­ture sizes by direct mate­rial remo­val, there are weak­nes­ses regar­ding remo­val depth and quality.

In coope­ra­tion with Otto Schott Insti­tute of Mate­ri­als Rese­arch (OSIM) in and ifw Jena, aspher­icon will pre­sent latest results from a joint rese­arch pro­ject. The pre­sen­ta­tion will focus on various tailo­red inten­sity dis­tri­bu­ti­ons based on free­form optics with regard to their sui­ta­bi­lity for fem­to­se­cond laser mate­rial pro­ces­sing. On the one hand, the micro and nano range is addres­sed when fem­to­se­cond lasers are used for cut­ting, mar­king and struc­tu­ring sur­faces. On the other hand, we also dis­cuss laser powers of several kilo­watts for wel­ding and cutting.


Dr. Ulrike Fuchs aspher­icon GmbH

Dr. Ulrike Fuchs | asphericon GmbH

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Dr. Ste­phan Gräf FSU Jena

Dr. Ste­phan Gräf
| Otto-Schott-Institut für Materialforschung OSIM




Ste­fan Ulrich ifw Jena

Ste­fan Ulrich | 
Günter-Köhler-Institut für Fügetechnik und Werkstoffprüfung

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What can you expect?

  • Learn about non-rota­tio­nally sym­metric beam dis­tri­bu­ti­ons for opti­mi­zed use in the con­text of laser mate­rial processing
  • Pre­sen­ta­tion of latest rese­arch results with spe­ci­fic app­li­ca­tion relevance
  • Dis­cus­sion of chal­len­ges and oppor­tu­nities with beam shaping approa­ches based on freeforms
  • Pre­sen­ta­tion of plug & play solu­ti­ons for immediate impro­ve­ment of app­li­ca­tion processes

Who should attend?

  • Laser Mate­rial Pro­ces­sing Experts & Engineers
  • Laser Sci­en­tists

Why should you attend?

  • You want to gain a deeper under­stan­ding of the uni­que fea­tures of free­form solutions
  • You want to improve pro­ces­sing results and signi­fi­cantly reduce pro­ces­sing time
  • You want to find out how you can really trans­form your ideas into highly effi­ci­ent opti­cal systems
  • You want to get highly distil­led know­ledge as exper­tise to go


Dr. Tho­mas Hegen­bart | aspher­icon GmbH
Anke Mank | Opto­Net e.V.


The event regis­tra­tion is open, 150 pla­ces are avail­able. Par­ti­ci­pa­tion is free of charge. You will receive the access data for the digi­tal work­shop plat­form ZOOM by email in good time before the start of the event.

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