2017 Feb

APPOLO Summer School on Ultra-short Pulse Lasers Applications in Material Processing

 

Every enthusiastic student and young researcher working in the field of material processing by using ultra-short pulse lasers is encouraged to participate in this international school with world-recognised lectors and exciting excursions! Visit Vilnius, gain your knowledge and share your experience on July 3-7, 2017!

The participation fee is 100 €. Confirmed participants will enjoy coffee breaks, meals and excursion without any additional payment.

The registration will be opened soon, so stay tuned!

More information:

http://uplamp.ftmc.lt/

 

APPOLO news

2017 Jan

APPOLO at Photonics West 2017

 

APPOLO partners participate in the world's largest multidisciplinary event focusing on photonics technologies - Photonics West 2017, which will be held on January 28- February 2 in San Francisco, USA.

Guido Hennig (Daetwyler Graphics AG, Switzerland) is a member of LASE 2017 Symposium Program Committee and Co-Chair. Gediminas Račiukaitis (Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC), Lithuania) and Beat Neuenschwander (Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) will be Photonics West LASE 2017 conference co-chairs.

Please visit APPOLO partners presentations at Photonics West 2017:

Influence of the pulse duration and the experimental approach onto the specific removal rate for ultra-short pulses

Beat Jaeggi (BUAS), Beat Neuenschwander, Stefan Remund, Thorsten Kramer

30 January 2017 • 5:00 - 5:20 PM | Part of SPIE LASE

 

Influence of the initial surface texture on the resulting surface roughness and waviness for micro-machining with ultra-short laser pulses

Stefan M. Remund (BUAS), Beat Jaeggi, Thorsten Kramer, Beat Neuenschwander

31 January 2017 • 11:00 - 11:20 AM | Part of SPIE LASE

 

Dynamic fiber delivery of 3 W 160 fs pulses with photonic crystal hollow core fiber patchcord

Bojan Resan (LUMENTUM), Raffael Auchli, Ronald Holtz

1 February 2017 • 9:20 - 9:40 AM | Part of SPIE LASE

 

Assessment of geometry in 2D immune systems using high accuracy laser-based bioprinting techniques

Sara Lauzurica, Andrés Márquez, Carlos Molpeceres (UPM), Laura Notario, Miguel Gómez-Fontela, Pilar Lauzurica

31 January 2017 • 10:30 - 10:50 AM | Part of SPIE BIOS

 

You also invited to visit APPOLO partners booths at the Photonics West exhibition:

  •    Lumentum booth #1917
  •    Onefive booth #725
  •    NST and SCANLAB booth #2223
  •    ELAS booth #4469
  •    EKSPLA booth #1133

 

APPOLO news

2016 Dec

Short article about APPOLO achievements in LASER SYSTEMS EUROPE Winter issue:

LSE Digital Edition - Winter 2016

APPOLO news

2016 Dec

 Please find the third issue of NewDeli project neswsletter: Newsletter3_NewDeli.pdf

APPOLO news

2016 Nov

APPOLO Y3 Publishable Summary

The APPOLO project has established and coordinates connections between the end-users, which have demand on laser technologies for (micro)fabrication, knowledge accumulated in the laser application laboratories of research institutes and universities and the laser equipment manufacturers (preferable SMEs: for integration, lasers, beam control and guiding, software, etc.) in order to facilitate faster validation of the process feasibility and adaptation or customization of the technology (equipment) for manufacturing conditions. The core of the consortium consists of laser application laboratories around Europe which are connected to a virtual APPOLO HUB accumulating knowledge and infrastructure and promoting the easy-to-access environment for development and validation of laser-based technologies.

The APPOLO project cover activities on technical, technological and economical assessment of new equipment supplied by project partners in 8 complex assessment value chains and 7 new assessment experiments and developing the standardised procedures for the assessment service with can be provided for new project partners and customers beyond, All activities of the APPOLO project during the third year of implementation were performed close to the workplan. Dissemination and exploitation plans were updated at the end of the third year of the project (Y3) reflecting the new knowledge generated in the project.

The HUB network model was established during Y3. The HUB is aimed to make a research-oriented network, where industrial partners will come to test, assess and implement novel laser solutions for their markets. The HUB members actively promote their activities as to showcase their achievements in laser processing solutions. The output of the assessment made possible industry demonstrations of laser applications in their particular field. The APPOLO HUB role, therefore, is to assess these applications in the research framework, allowing all industrial partners to develop successful applications for manufacturing use.

After a long search of proper forms to present annual APPOLO results, the public brochure reviewing achievements in the first half of the project was prepared in April 2016. The main achievements of APPOLO partners were presented in other forms during conferences, EC events and exhibitions. Public presentations of some results were postponed due to patent applications.

 

Full press release

 

 

APPOLO news

2016 Nov

APPOLO Y2 Publishable Summary

The APPOLO project is seeking to establish and coordinate connections between the end-users, which have demand on laser technologies for (micro)fabrication, knowledge accumulated in the laser application laboratories of research institutes and universities and the laser equipment manufacturers (preferable SMEs: for integration, lasers, beam control and guiding, software, etc.) in order to facilitate faster validation of the process feasibility and adaptation or customization of the technology (equipment) for manufacturing conditions. Core of the consortium consist of laser application laboratories around Europe which are connected to a virtual APPOLO HUB to accumulate knowledge and infrastructure and promote the easy-to-access environment for development and validation of laser-based technologies. The APPOLO project cover activities on technical, technological and economical assessment of new equipment supplied by project partners in 8 complex assessment value chains and preparation of standardised procedures for the assessment service with can be provided for new project partners and customers beyond,

All activities of the APPOLO project during the second year of implementation were performed close to the workplan.

During the second year, the APPOLO project established clear outlines for assessment templates. Using these templates, partners validate new equipment by assessing them according to APPOLO HUB specified parameters. These assessments allowed partners to present their finding to customers and, therefore, gained feedback how to successfully implement assessment procedures for the desired application. The Open call for new partners and experiments was successfully implemented with 12 application received, and 7 of these experiment proposals were selected. The APPOLO HUB will organize information exchange between new and existing partners and HUB members. The activities will include training on assessment procedures, exchange of knowledge of successful assessment experiments.

 

Full press release

 

 

APPOLO news

2016 Nov

LPM2017- The 18th International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication

 

Toyama International Conference Center, Toyama, Japan,
on June 5 - 8, 2017
http://www.jlps.gr.jp/lpm/lpm2017/

Special session at LPM 2017:
Optimisation of laser ablation processes using ultrashort pulse lasers
organised by Gediminas Račiukaitis (Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC), Lithuania), and Beat Neuenschwander (Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland)

Abstract:
Nowadays industrial ready ultrashort pulsed laser systems are available but the photon energy of picosecond or femtoseconds lasers is still expensive, and therefore its efficient utilisation is a key factor for a wider spread of ultrashort pulsed lasers in real industrial applications. There are few opportunities for efficient processes under investigation as e.g. burst mode processing, multi-wavelength or multi-spot processing, or optimisation of laser fluence, scanning speed and pulse repetition rate to properties of the particular material, etc.
We expect that newest results of those processes and also new approaches will be presented and discussed in the special session, including opinion and experience from industry.
 

APPOLO news

2016 Nov

SPIE LASE

Gediminas Račiukaitis (Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC), Lithuania), and Beat Neuenschwander (Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) will be Photonics West Lase conference co-chairs.

Laser Applications in Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Manufacturing (LAMOM) XXII

 

APPOLO news

2016 Nov

APPOLO Summer School announcement

 

Summer school "Ultra-Short Pulse Laser Applications in Material Processing" (UPLAMP) is planned to be held on 3-6 July, 2017 in Vilnius.

 

APPOLO news

2016 Oct

Day of Photonics


On 21st of October FTMC together with Laser & Engineering Technologies cluster (LITEK) invited corporate employees, students, business partners and customers to the Day of Photonics 2016 event dedicated to detection of the speed of light anniversary.
Public FTMC lab tours were conducted during the event. Speakers from FTMC – Dr. G. Račiukaitis and Dr. M. Gedvilas and invited speakers: Prof. Y Nishijima (Yokohama National University, Japan), Prof. R. Gadonas (Vilnius University, Lithuania) and E. Dvinelis (Brolis Semiconductors, Lithuania) gave their talks on various laser application in everyday life. The event was finished with the spectacular laser show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPOLO news

2016 Jun

APPOLO WP6 technical Meeting


On 7th June 2016, FTMC hosted the WP6 Technical Meeting at FTMC premises in Vilnius, Lithuania. Work package partners from FTMC, CRF, BIOAGE, EKSPLA and ELAS discused the results of experiments on Laser direct writing for the flexible 3D electronics. 
Future prospects of this technology were also considered during the meeting, as achieved results, implemented in demonstrators, and attained process quality are attractive for further technology transfer to automotive and electronics industries.

 

 

 

APPOLO news

2016 Jun

Front cover of Pan European Networks -Science & Technology June 2016 19 issue was inspired by APPOLO.

Article from BUAS -  Ultra-short, ultra-fast and ultra-precise laser machining by a new synchronisation technique can also be found in this issue.

 

 

APPOLO news

2016 May

IOM participated at EMRS Spring Meeting 2016 conference. It is one of the largest material research related conferences in Europe which broad range of topics was covered by 31 parallel session symposia. 
New results were presented with two posters and oral talk:
Processing of CIGS thin film with infrared nanosecond laser radiation
Martin Ehrhardt, Klaus Zimmer, Pierre Lorenz, Lukas Bayer, Emilio Sánchez Cortezon

 

 

 

APPOLO news

2016 Apr

APPOLO experimental workshop


On April 15-21 experimental workshop was organized at FTMC facilities. Main task of this workshop was to perform experiments on integration of the on-line monitoring systems developed by APPOLO partners LUT and AMSYS into laser processing equipment.
APPOLO partners from FTMC, ELAS, LUT, AMSYS and UPM participated in this week-long exercise. A polygon scanner was provided by project partner Next Scan Technologies. Experiments on monitoring of the CIGS laser processing with picosecond lasers combined with galvanoscanner or polygon scanner were carried out. After two-days of active workshop, followed the preparation work in the laboratories, the results of conducted successful experiments, emerged technological challenges and efficient solutions to them were discussed between participants during the workshop review meeting.

 

 

 

 

APPOLO news

2016 Apr

APPOLO consortium partner ELAS (Lithuania) moved into new larger premises.

 

 

 

APPOLO news

2016 Mar

 

 

 

Please find the first issue of NewDeli project neswsletter: Newsletter1_NewDeli.pdf

APPOLO news

 

 

2016 Feb

APPOLO project partners are participating at SPIE Photonic West 2016 (13-18 February, 2016) - the world's largest international event encompassing industrial and medical applications of optics, lasers, and photonics.

 

APPOLO partners conference presentations:

 

A. Burn (BUAS), et al.

High throughput laser scribing of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin-film solar cells

 

A. Michailovas (EKSPLA), S. Frankinas, N. Rusteika (EKSPLA, FTMC) V. Smirnov, R. Vasilyeu, A. L. Glebov

Efficient ultrafast fiber laser using chirped fiber Bragg grating and chirped volume Bragg grating stretcher/compressor configuration

 

D. Munoz-Martin (UPM) C. Frederik Brasz, Ch. Yu, M. Morales (UPM), C. B. Arnold, C. Molpeceres (UPM)

Characterization of transfer regimes of high-viscosity silver pastes printed by LIFT


V. Markovic, A. Rohrbacher, P. Hofmann, W. Pallmann, S. Pierrot, B. Resan (LUMENTUM)

100W class compact Yb:YAG single crystal fiber amplifier for femtosecond lasers without CPA


B. Resan (LUMENTUM)

Hybrid high power fs lasers (invited talk)

 

K. Ratautas, M. Gedvilas, I. Stankevičienė, A. Jagminienė, E. Norkus (FTMC), Nello Li Pira (CRF), S. Sinopoli,  U. Emanuele (BIOAGE),  G. Račiukaitis (FTMC)

Laser-induced selective copper plating of polypropylene surface

 

Meet APPOLO partners at exhibition:

 

ELAS booth # 4566

Nextscan booth #2317 South Hall

Ekspla booth # 1533

Onefive booth#8514, BiOs

Onefive both #5254, Photonics West

Lumentum booth #2017 South Hall

 

 

 

 

APPOLO news

2016 Feb

APPOLO project was presented during popular science show Mokslo Sriūba on the second Lithuanian National Television channel (LRT KULTŪRA) and on major Lithuanian web portal DELFI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPOLO news

2015 Nov

APPOLO project video introduced:

 
 

 

 

APPOLO news

2015 Nov

APPOLO Workshop -High Throughput and High Precision Laser Micro Machining with Ultra Short Pulses

On 4th of November 2015 APPOLO workshop was held in Bern University of Applied Sciences BUAS, Switzerland.

The actual APPOLO workshop on high throughput and high precision laser micro machining with ultrashort pulses follows this idea and brings together researchers, laser and laser equipment manufacturers as well as integrators and end users. Speakers from APPOLO partners as well as from other companies and research institutes presented and discussed actual demands, physical basics, principal limits and new innovative solutions. The goal of the workshop was to give an overview about the actual trends and developments in laser systems and equipment for micro machining with ultra-short pulses to encourage the development of new ideas for industrial applications.

During the workshop discussions the idea of organizing a summer school on High Throughput and High Precision Laser Micro Machining with Ultra Short Pulses came up. More details on summer school will be provided later.

More information about APPOLO Workshop (participants, presentations): Link 

 

 

APPOLO news

 2015 Jan 

APPOLO launches Open Call for new assessment experiments with new equipment for laser based manufacturing

We will also organize two webinars on 27th January and 17th February to inform you on proposal preparation and submission procedures and answer you questions about the Open Call. Deadline for submission is 18th March, 2015. For topics, submission and funding details - More information »

 

We are also looking for independent experts to evaluate Open Call proposals. More information »

 

 

 

APPOLO news

 2015 Jan 

APPOLO Y1 Publishable Summary

The APPOLO project cover activities on technical, technological and economical assessment of new equipment supplied by project partners in 8 complex assessment value chains and preparation of standardised procedures for the assessment service with can be provided for new project partners and customers beyond. 

All activities  of the  APPOLO project during the first year of implementation were performed  according to the workplan. The first year of the project covered a lot of preparation work on establishing management structures, dissemination, exploitation, quality assurance strategies and plans. RTD work was concentrated on adaptation of equipment prototypes by their suppliers: lasers, polygon scanner, on-line monitoring tools and small processing systems to the requirements of selected industrial application fields: photovoltaics, automotive and printing/decoration. Laser companies Ekspla, onefive, Time Bandwidth Products have made significant progress in development of updated versions of  the selected  ultra-short pulse  laser sources planned for the assessment experiments in fast and precise surface structuring and thin-film scribing. Next Scan Technologies improved control of its polygon  line scanner and designed updated versions with reduced focused beam spot and increase line length. AMSYS moved forward with its novel on-line monitoring tools for the process control, critically analysing existing and new approaches for optical monitoring. The tools will be integrated by ELAS in its upgraded laser machine  and used in  the  laser technology validation at FTMC. Mondragon prepared the bench tool for UPM – a machine for laser and process assessment which are important for Abengoa. IOM spent most of the time in preparation and validation of the online monitoring tool for laser scribing, while LUT was validating their advanced monitoring equipment for laser microfabrication applications. Continuation of past collaboration of the partner’s groups ONEFIVE -BUAS - EMPA, BUAS – NST - DG, UPM – Mondragon – Abengoa, Lightmotif - CRF, IOM  –  SWG, FTMC  -  CRF led to extended progress in the laser technology assessment with solid background for the use of validated equipment and technologies in industrial processes by BioAge, Flisom, Fiat, Daetwyler and Sächsische Walzengravur, as  the  end-users.  The technology validation process started with the lasers available at application laboratories and standard demo laser and polygon, provided by the partners.

Full press release

 

APPOLO news

 2014 Jun

APPOLO Project Activities Raises International Echo

In the first half of 2014 the FP7 project  “Hub of Application Laboratories for  Equipment Assessment in Laser Based Manufacturing” (APPOLO) and its 21 project members demonstrated  high user relevance and networking activities within the laser-based industries. In just 6 months they showed presence at over 16 international conferences and exhibitions promoting the upcoming APPOLO assessment activities all over the world connecting researchers, suppliers, manufacturers and end-users of laser.

Gediminas Račiukaitis, Project Coordinator of APPOLO can already see internalized benefits of the ex-change of APPOLO partners with external potential customers along the value chain in different indus-tries: “It is amazing to see, how HUB members act in a fruitful crowd not only representing their own company, but also promoting the APPOLO project and discussing the recent efforts in the APPOLO pro-ject.  By that, we can add distinct industry needs to the diverse and complex structure of the APPOLO assessment chains.”

The APPOLO project seeks to establish and coordinate connections between the end-users, which have demand on laser technologies for (micro)fabrication, knowledge accumulated in the application laborat o-ries of research institutes and universities and the laser equipment manufacturers (preferable SMEs: for integration, lasers, beam control an d guiding, software, etc.) in order to facilitate faster validation of the process feasibility and adaptation or customization of the technology (equipment) for manufacturing co n-ditions, including reliability of components and their interaction as well as  assessment of the dedicated production processes in terms of the process speed, quality and repeatability. 

Core of the consortium consist of laser application laboratories around Europe which are connected to a virtual hub to accumulate knowledge and infrastructure and promote the easy-to-access environment for development and validation of laser-based technologies. All partners selected a few directions (clusters) for validation of novel laser technologies, including equipments: the ultra -short pulse laser scribing for monolithic interconnects in CIGS solar cells: from laser to pilot line; use of lasers in smart surface textur-ing for automotive and printing/decoration industries and for the real -3D flexible electronics. Innovative SMEs are related to large system-integrators and end-users through the application laboratories. 

Full press release

 

APPOLO news

 2013 Sep

On September 1st, 2013, Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (Vilnius, Lithuania) together with other 20 partners in Europe and Israel are launching a new 48-month long integrated FP7 project APPOLO “Hub of Application Laboratories for Equipment Assessment in Laser Based Manufacturing”.  

The APPOLO project seeks to establish and coordinate connections between the end-users, which have demand on laser technologies for (micro)fabrication, knowledge accumulated in the application laboratories of the research institutes and universities and the laser equipment manufacturers (preferably SMEs) for novel lasers, beam control and guiding, etc. and their integration in order to facilitate faster validation of the process feasibility and adaptation of the equipment for manufacturing conditions, as well as assessment of the dedicated production processes in terms of the process speed, quality and economic issues as well. Core of the consortium consists of laser application laboratories around Europe which are connected into avirtual hub to accumulate knowledge and infrastructure and promote the easy-to-access environment for development and validation of laser-based technologies. All partners selected a few directions for assessment of novel laser technologies: in ultra-short pulse laser scribing for monolithic interconnections in thin film CIGS solar cells: from laser to pilot line; use of the lasers in smart surface texturing for automotive and printing/decoration industries and for 3D flexible electronics.

 

Implementation of the APPOLO project will help partners from European photonics industry to preserve their competitiveness and penetrate new niches in the global market. The equipment builders for automotive, photovoltaics, electronics and printing industries will benefit from faster integration of innovative technologies which will provide the new-quality consumer products, including low-cost and high-efficiency solar cells, comfortable interior and functionality of cars, smart sensors for environmental monitoring.

 

FTMC news

   

Hub of Application Laboratories for Equipment Assessment in Laser Based Manufacturing

 

Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (Vilnius, Lithuania) together with other 20 partners are launching a new 48-month long integrated FP7 project APPOLO “Hub of Application Laboratories for Equipment Assessment in Laser Based Manufacturing”. Others EPIC members: Next Scan Technologies, Onefive and Time Bandwidth Products are in the consortium. The project will establish connections between the end-users, which have demand on laser technologies for (micro)fabrication, knowledge accumulated in the application laboratories of the research institutes and universities and the laser equipment manufacturers (preferable SMEs) for novel lasers, beam control and guiding, etc. and their integration in order to facilitate faster validation of the process feasibility and adaptation of the equipment for manufacturing conditions, as well as assessment of the dedicated production processes in terms of the process speed, quality and economic issues as well. www.ftmc.lt

 

  

 

EPIC Newsletter #12

July-September 201

 


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