TRUMPF is an expert partner to researchers in the fields of lasers and power electronics.
Whether it's high-performance disk lasers, ultrashort pulse lasers, or laser cutting machines and welding systems, TRUMPF lasers are used by universities and research institutes across the globe in projects ranging from basic research to application development. TRUMPF Hüttinger is also a reliable partner to manufacturers of redox flow batteries, and works with scientific institutions to develop capacitors, a key future field.
Research into material processing
In scientific institutes, TRUMPF's lasers and laser systems are mainly used to develop new processes for industrial material processing. TRUMPF lasers also play a key role in a range of fundamental research projects. For example, one of our lasers can be found in Germany's highest laboratory, at the Schneefernerhaus research station on the Zugspitze mountain, where it is used for atmospheric measurements for research into the weather and climate.
High-energy ultrashort pulse lasers
Our subsidiary TRUMPF Scientific Lasers in Munich develops and builds ultrashort pulse lasers with the highest pulse energy levels for scientific applications. These special lasers are used to generate light pulses in the attosecond range, for example. The high-speed physics sector uses these to measure elementary processes, such as the movement of electrons.
Additive manufacturing for science
TRUMPF is a pioneer in the area of additive manufacturing systems and offers two industry-ready laser processes: laser metal fusion (LMF) and laser metal deposition (LMD). For the research industry, additive processes are ideal for developing and implementing new workpiece structures as well as high-quality materials even in the smallest quantities, through variable build sizes. In this regard the additive TRUMPF systems stand out due to their high degree of precision, small focal diameters, as well as reliable powder handling and fast material change in particular. Our application experts regularly support institutes and research projects in the development of material parameters. Process and material qualification is also easy to achieve using the TruPrint systems. In total, TRUMPF invests a significant portion of its turnover into the fundamental research and development of new manufacturing methods. In this way, in 2018, we were the first company in the world to showcase a green laser for LMF applications, which can be used to manufacture shapes made of pure copper and precious metals in an additive manufacturing process, efficiently and with a high degree of quality. A breakthrough for our own researchers.
Research into plasma physics and plasma technology
TRUMPF Hüttinger is a specialist in the development and manufacture of power supplies for a multitude of plasma applications within research and development. There are suitable and industrially tested power supplies available for DC and RF excitation, up to the VHF range, for many areas of fundamental research, as well as application-oriented development.
The energy market of the future
Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), TRUMPF Hüttinger is developing a bidirectional inverter for the production of redox flow batteries. The module converts the alternating current from the power grid into direct current for the battery and vice versa. Redox flow batteries are a very promising alternative to lithium-ion batteries and represent a storage technology of the future – in particular for energy supplies from renewable energy sources.