Fusion Bionic and MOEWE optical solutions initiate joint product development

The German High-Tech startup Fusion Bionic, which develops and distributes systems for the fabrication of biomimetic surfaces, initiates a strategic cooperation with MOEWE optical solutions, a leading manufacturer of polygon-based laser microprocessing systems. Both companies are joining forces to enable ultra-high-speed systems for surface processing and functionalization.

Figure 1: The COREultra – a compact optical solution for ultra-fast large area laser patterning and functionalization using Direct Laser Interference Patterning DLIP.
© Fusion Bionic GmbH

The functionalization of surfaces using laser technologies provides an alternative solution to functional coatings, which are nowadays widely used in industry. However, many of these functional coatings do not fulfill REACH conformity or are highly susceptible to degradation processes.

Fusion Bionic, a spin-off from Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, provides an alternative approach to functional surfaces by means of laser surface texturing. By using the proprietary laser technology of Direct Laser Interference Patterning, in short DLIP, high-performance surfaces are achievable, offering self-cleaning properties, anti-icing characteristics, reduced friction, improved contact performance and many more.

“The commercial exploitation of laser-generated functional surfaces was long time hardly achievable due to relatively slow laser processing techniques. This has been solved using the DLIP technology, which allows producing functional surfaces with speeds of up to 1 m²/min. Fusion Bionic drives the commercialization of the DLIP technology since its foundation through various products.”, explains Tim Kunze, CEO and co-founder of Fusion Bionic.

The partnership with MOEWE, which is now beginning, significantly increases the possible processing speed through a combination of two cutting edge laser technologies – polygon-scanning and DLIP.

“The advantages of our polygon-based beam deflection systems unfold especially in combination with high-power lasers. In the meantime, laser systems with medium powers of up to 2-3 kW can be found in many application laboratories of established laser manufacturers, with some research institutions such as the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft aiming for developments up to 20 kW. Our cooperation with Fusion Bionic has the potential to make these powers more usable through their proprietary DLIP technology and our advanced polygon-scanning solutions. At MOEWE, we look forward to pushing the frontier of what is possible with Fusion Bionic.”, underlines Prof. Andre Streek, CVO and Co-Founder of MOEWE.

“In our application center, we recently demonstrated processing speeds of up to 3 m²/min with our colleagues from MOEWE, which is a tremendous success in view of a further technology upscaling. We started to work with MOEWE on a commercial implementation of the polygon-DLIP technology, which will be brought to the market later this year through the optical solution COREultra.”, emphasizes Dr. Sabri Alamri, research director and co-founder of Fusion Bionic.

First laser supplier already showed interest in the advanced polygon-DLIP technology developed by Fusion Bionic, such as Edgewave GmbH from Würselen. The laser manufacturer provided a multi-100W laser system of its series PX600 to benchmark its performance in combination with the polygon-DLIP approach.

The collaboration between both parties will allow for a fast go-to-market, thus allowing to release the full potential of the Fusion Bionic’s cutting-edge microtexturing solution.

Founded in early 2021, Fusion Bionic already attracted significant customer interest of multiple industrial and academic partners worldwide. Recently, Fusion Bionic has been entitled Heraeus Accelerator Champion 2021 due to its successful participation in the Heraeus Accelerator Program 2021, standing out of more than 1800 world-wide active startups.

About MOEWE Optical Solutions GmbH (MOEWE)

The company MOEWE was founded in 2018 by Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Streek, Sascha Klötzer and Robby Ebert as a spin off from the Laserinstitut Hochschule Mittweida. The company’s focus is on the development and production of ultra-fast polygon-based scanning systems. In a unique way, a double polygon and an ultra-fast FPGA-based controller are used for this purpose. The devices are therefore very versatile, from microelectronics to steel production.

Fusion Bionic – Main Contact

Dr. Tim Kunze

Phone:     +49 (0)351 160 979 89
Mobile:   +49 (0)176 805 741 04

tim.kunze@fusionbionic.com

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