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Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD: Here begins the revolution in optics

PhoenixD | 52 million euros, 110 scientists, one common goal: the technological revolution in optics. In the Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD, researchers are working on small and inexpensive high-performance optics that open up completely new fields of application.

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Printing complex glass structures in 3D using the laser

LZH | So far, 3D printing processes for glass materials have been rare. The LZH is developing a laser-based process for the Additive Manufacturing of glass components. Quartz glass components for optics and medical technology can be manufactured using laser deposition welding the future.

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Simulation of additive manufacturing of precision optics

IFW | From design to quality control, everything is done digitally. The Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW) simulates the additive manufacturing of glass to optimally plan the processes for the production of precision optics.

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Adhesives be crazy – How to reckon with shrinkage

match | In the precision assembly of hybrid microsystems, the shrinkage of adhesives is undesirable because it causes internal stresses and assembly errors. A simulation model makes it possible to predict and counteract positional deviations.

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With plastic injection moulding to the optical platform

IMPT | Manufacturing of high-precision microsystems quickly and cost-effectively: This is what the IMPT is working on. Based on plastic injection molding and various coating techniques, an optical platform is being created.

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Data transmission with printed optical waveguides

ITA | Printed optical waveguides could replace electrical circuit boards in the future. This is demonstrated by scientists at the Institute of Transport and Automation Technology (ITA) in the PhoenixD Cluster of Excellence using the example of an optical decimal binary converter.

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Assembly without handling: self-assembly for precision optics

match | In order to position components for optical microsystems quickly and precisely, self-assembly techniques are the ideal solution. The Institute of Assembly Technology (match) is researching this innovative process in the PhoenixD cluster of excellence.

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High dynamics and precision through sensitive actuator

IFW | In the production of optical components, the substrate must be precisely and dynamically aligned – until now a contradiction. The Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW) is researching magnetically levitated actuators that combine dynamics and precision.

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Ideal manufacturing of optical systems

IFA | What will the production of optical systems look like in the future? In the PhoenixD cluster of excellence, scientists are not only concerned with the further development of production technology, but also with the design of supply chains and production planning and control (PPC).

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Embossing micro- and nanostructures for precision optics

IFUM | The fast and cost-effective production of optical systems is the goal of the PhoenixD Cluster of Excellence. A promising solution is the exact molding of micro- and nanostructures in a precisely controllable embossing process.

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Cryopreservation: freezing cold job for parallel robots

match | Extreme temperatures are a problem not only for humans. Even classical robots go on strike when it’s freezing cold. For automated cryopreservation, the institute match is developing a parallel robot with flexure hinges that is able to handle specimens at ultra-cold temperatures below -130°C.

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Improved joining of hot-stamped parts

IFUM | New options for conventional hot stamping: Researchers at IFUM intend to improve the joinability of hot-stamped car body parts in multi-sheet joints. This is achieved by local thinning and softening of the austenitised material.

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Brazing powders with thermoplastic sheath

IW | Good adhesion and residue-free decomposition of the binding agent when applying brazing powders: Researchers at IW have cracked the problem by coating the metallic particles with polylactide.

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IT security in production

IFW | With increasing digitalisation, production industry has to deal with more and more incidents of cybercrime. Causes and effects of cyberattacks on production systems and how companies can protect their facilities are researched at IFW.

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In future robot designs, it’s all about softness

match | Flexible, soft and compliant: These are the attributes of the next generation of robots. The Institute of Assembly Technology (match) pushes the development ahead as the scientific coordinator of the DFG Priority Programme “Soft Material Robotic Systems“ with twelve participating German research groups.

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