Thank you very much for visiting the Stuttgart Laser
Technology Forum 2016!
We look forward to an exciting SLT 2018 and hope to welcome you again in Stuttgart from 5
th until 6
th June 2018.
Highlights and innovations in the field of industrial laser-based manufacturing
brought together experts and users at the ninth Stuttgart Laser Technology Forum (SLT) from 31 May
to 1 June 2016. The SLT was organized by the
IFSW and took place in
conjunction with the International Trade Fair for Laser Material Processing (LASYS) at the Trade Fair
Centre Stuttgart (Airport).
The Stuttgart Laser Technology Forum which takes place on a biannual cycle is aimed at
knowledge transfer and is recognized as an essential international user forum of the laser branch.
The presentations were held in English and German, with simultaneous translation for the German and
As in the past the core topics of the SLT 2016 covered the complete range from micro- to
macro-processing together with the required laser sources and beam delivery systems. In addition to
the latest developments on the common processes (cutting, welding, drilling, structuring etc.) the
conference particularly highlighted current trends such as additive manufacturing or the system
technology required to scale the productivity in micro materials processing. Correspondingly, the
latest results in the fields of ultrafast lasers, beam delivery, ultrafast scanners, and beam
shaping were also presented.
The talks given by international experts from research and development provided a profound
overview over the actual trends in laser technology. In particular, the SLT provided an insight in
the corresponding fundamentals with respect to future applications. This was complemented by
presentations from the industries which document the actual state of innovation transfer.
The relaxed time-table together with the agreeable venue provided the perfect frame for
successful networking. An evening event following the first day provided more opportunities for
exchange with a visit to the laboratory directly at IFSW.
Thank you very much for visiting the SLT 2016!
Prof. Dr. Thomas Graf, Head of the IFSW
Dr. Rudolf Weber, Head of Process Development at the IFSW
Dr. Marwan Abdou Ahmed, Head of Laser Development and Laser Optics at the IFSW