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LaserLT Digital Innovation Hub (LaserLT DIH)

The vision of LaserLT DIH is to become the strongest one-stop-shop on lasers, photonics and advanced manufacturing in Northern-East part of Europe through the development of three main pillars:

  1. Competence in laser technologies (FTMC DLT) – member of APPOLO HUB;
  2. Business support and access to finance (Science and Technology Park);
  3. Access to industry (LITEK™ cluster).

The mission of the LaserLT DIH is through cooperation in R&D to develop, validate and provide for manufacturing SMEs the world-class laser and engineering technologies. Services provided by DIH will be research, development, designing, prototyping, pre-production, the attraction of funds, market research, incubation and commercialization. Pilot lines combining laser technologies with complementary ones are under construction to speed up the technology transfer to SMEs. Connections with similar DIHs on laser-based manufacturing and advanced manufacturing is started. APPOLO HUB is an initial point. The regional network of DIHs for local industry support is under discussion.

Services provided by of LaserLT DIH:

  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation
  • Testing services
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring

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Electronic circuit traces of capacitive touch button for Fiat 500 gloves box cover. Fabricated using SSAIL technology
3D metalo spausdintuvas EOS EOSINT M280.

Service examples

Collaborative research on digitalisation of manufacturing

Our client – SME from Lithuania – focused on manufacturing of optical glass gratings for measuring and detection systems needed technical solution – mass production improvement of flexibility, processing speed and quality. Conventional glass processing techniques such as diamond drilling and dicing, water-jet drilling, sand blasting or ultrasonic processing are still commonly used in mass production, although limitations of flexibility, processing speed and quality required search for novel technological solutions.

In the frames of this case LaserLT DIH provided Collaborative Research, Concept validation and testing services where mechanical glass processing (cutting / milling) was replaced with laser based processing. Process development was divided into two main parts – glass ablation optimization and development of sophisticated algorithms for laser beam scanner control in combination with xy linear translation stages. As the result – glass component fabrication time and process was simplified with higher throughput and flexibility for faster and more efficient production.

Precizika Metrology, UAB

Žirmūnų str. 139, LT-09120 Vilnius

Concept validation

Our client – SME from Lithuania – focused on manufacturing of compact laser sources for spectroscopy and LiDAR needed a stable electronic circuit board, fluently operating in a high temperatures for special applications.

In the frames of this case LaserLT DIH provided Collaborative Research, Concept validation and offered solution SSAIL (Selective Surface Activation Induced by Laser) technology application to fabricate circuit on glass substrate. It’s a new technology for writing electronic circuits directly onto glass by modifying surface properties with a laser. Pilot batch of circuit boards with SSAIL technology was fabricated. The client made testing at his own premises and the results showed that quality and stability was appropriate to their requirements of application. SSAIL technology applied in mass production increases efficiency and being cost effective.

JSC Integrated Optics

Kalvariju str. 125B
XI build., 2nd floor
Vilnius 08221 Lithuania
Phone: +370 5 2196393

Testing laser applications on different materials

During the last few years, 3D printing market significantly expanded. New applications of this evolving technology are being discovered every day. 3D technologies and robotics laboratory, working in this field provides consultations for SMEs on this topic.

In one case, laboratory received an inquiry from Lithuanian SME “Simpras” on potential applications of laser technologies for clay sintering. Laboratory provided consultations and carried out initial tests on clay samples provided by SME using 3D laser microfabrication equipment.

UAB „Simpras“

S. Žukausko str. 25, LT-08234 Vilnius, Lithuania

Testing parameters of visioning systems

Various optoelectronic devices, such as night vision, thermo-vision are used by security services, police and army forces. This market is continuously growing due to new emerging photonic technologies which are quickly adapted for such applications. Department of laser technologies provided measurement services for Lithuanian SME “Optomika”. Solid state lasers laboratory carried out measurements of spectral characteristics of devices provided by the customer.

UAB “Optomika”

Birutės str. 11, LT-91222 Klaipėda, Lithuania

Consultation regarding product optimisation

SISMA is a worldwide enterprise reference for the design and production of extremely high precision laser-based machinery in Industry, Jewellery and Dental field. From 2001, its laser division produces laser sources and systems for welding, marking, 3-D and cutting, with a turnover of about 50 M€. Scientists from the Department of laser technologies (FTMC) provided consultation for SISMA by an inquiry regarding redesigning and optimising of their current product.

Sisma Spa

Via dell’Industria, 1 – 36013

Piovene Rocchette (VI) – Italy

Mentoring and knowledge transfer

One of LASER DIH missions is laser technologies knowledge transfer to business and public:

  • In 2014, in Vilnius (Lithuania) Department of Laser Technologies organised APPOLO Project Workshop – New Processes and Opportunities in Use of Laser Technologies in Industry. Applications for laser technologies in the industry was discussed between academia and industry representatives from Lithuania (LINPRA, FTMC, ELAS, Rolands Moisejs, Progressive Business Solutions), Germany (IOM), Poland (IPG Photonics Poland), Finland (LUT) and USA (Naval Research lab).
  • In 2017, APPOLO Summer School on Ultra-short Pulse Lasers Applications in Material Processing, organised by FTMC took place in Vilnius (Lithuania). The school was held at the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology and the Laser and Engineering Technologies Cluster LITEK. 23 Students from Lithuania, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, France, Ukraine and Russia participated in the Summer School. Lectures were presented by invited speakers and APPOLO partners. Students presented their experiments in various ultra-short pulse lasers applications during oral talks and poster presentations. All summer school participants visited Lithuanian laser companies „Light Conversion“ and „Ekspla“. In addition, they had a tour and discussions to „Elas“ (laser micromachining system integrator) and laboratories of the Department of Laser technologies (FTMC).
  • In 2018, on September 10-14, The International Conference on Photo-Excited Processes and Applications, organized by the FTMC was hosted in Vilnius. During the conference, 163 presentations were presented (1 plenary, 15 invited talks, 53 oral and 94 poster presentations). The event was attended by scientists from 26 countries. The conference guests visited companies UAB “Šviesos konversija”, UAB “Ekspla” and laboratories of the FTMC Department of Laser Technologies.