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11. August 2017

Jenoptik sells 3D laser machines with an approximate value of 10 million euros to leading German car manufacturers

The 3D laser machines are used in new production processes, such as for the manufacture of innovative components of electric cars

Leading German car manufacturers and automotive suppliers have ordered several laser systems with a combined value of approximately 10 million euros in the past few weeks. The laser machines are used, for example, for the contour trimming of structural components, especially for next-generation electric cars. These components are used to implement new car body platforms, which are necessary to protect battery units and to comply with the CO2 targets.

The machines and the processes were first comprehensively tested by customers in the Jenoptik application centre. The use of laser is proven to be a flexible and fast high-quality tool, especially for new lightweight materials, such as aluminium die casting as well as for ultra-high strength steel.

The JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM laser systems enable the highly efficient machining of complex metal and plastic parts. Jenoptik has continuously developed the unique system concept, in which the laser beam is guided inside the robotic arm. Based on this technology the latest system generation, which was sold here, has several 3D laser processing robots operating in parallel. This system technology provides clear productivity advantages for our customers with a minimum installation area as well as high flexibility through to the complete integration of the systems into the specific local production process.

Source: Jenoptik

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