Textile technology and photonics revolutionise joining technology - ITA and partners win CAMX Award in the "Combined Strength" category

Sebastian Oppitz with the prize Copyright: CAMX

Sebastian Oppitz (ITA) with the prize - representing the team "CarboLase" (from left, source CAMX)


The CarboLase project team was presented with the prestigious CAMX-Award for outstanding achievements in the Combined Strength category on 24 September 2019 . At the award ceremony that took place at the opening session of ‘CAMX - The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo’ in Anaheim, CA, the project team won the prize for developing an innovative approach for multi-material joining.
This technology was developed by the ITA in collaboration with its partners AMPHOS GmbH, Kohlhage Fasteners GmbH und Co KG, LUNOVU Integrated Laser Solutions GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT.

  View of the CarboLase-processing unit Copyright: ITA View of the CarboLase-processing unit

Carbon fibre-reinforced (CFRP) components are normally assembled by fasteners that are glued into the cured and drilled CFRP component. The integration of the fasteners into a textile preform and an additional curing process to produce the final CFRP component can shorten production process chains. This requires high-precision cut-outs in the textile for the fasteners. In the NRW-based project CarboLase, funded by OP.EFRE, laser material processing is integrated for the first time into an automated preforming process. A novelty in the process is the use of the material-friendly ultrashort pulsed laser, which processes the textiles without damaging them thermally. By combining the technologies in a flexible robot cell, just-in-time production of CFRP components with integrated fasteners is now possible independent of component geometry and batch size.


The CAMX Award recognizes innovations that have a significant impact on composites and new materials. The award is divided into the categories "Combined Strength" and "Unsurpassed Innovation".



Sebastian Oppitz