TRUMPF acquires micro-optics manufacturer 24.06.19
Molding a glass preform to a precision optical lens
Micro-optics production for laser technology and consumer goods industry is an Important technological enhancement
Ditzingen, June 24, 2019 ? Through its subsidiary INGENERIC, the high-technology company TRUMPF is taking over Aixtooling GmbH, a tool manufacturer for precision optics, with effect from July 1, 2019, thereby expanding its production technologies in the manufacture of micro-optics. Aixtooling, founded in 2005 as a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT), develops and produces high-precision pressing tools for precision molding. This process enables production of optics with diverse geometries and glass materials used, for instance, in laser and medical technology, camera lenses, and also components for autonomous driving. In the precision molding process, glass blanks are shaped between two half molds; the method is especially suitable for optics with complex geometries, such as those used in laser technology. Producing these tools is Aixtooling's core competence. The company, with around 40 employees, has its head office in Aachen. It has been agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
"Aixtooling is an innovative company and technology leader in the area of precision molding. Together we can pool and enhance our expertise, further optimizing the process," says Lutz Aschke, responsible for the transaction at TRUMPF. The TRUMPF subsidiary INGENERIC, based in Aachen, is the leading supplier of micro-optics for applications in the field of high-power diode lasers and data transfer. "Precision molding is a core technology for producing our optics, and tool manufacturing for this procedure is an important part of the process chain," explains Stefan Hambuecker, who runs the business at INGENERIC together with Olaf Rübenach. "We are convinced that bundling the expertise of INGENERIC with our know-how is an important step in meeting the challenges of the optical market in the future as well. We are looking forward to the cooperation," says Aixtooling CEO Bernd Bresseler, who will work in the Management Board of the company together with his business partner Guido Pongs.

Photonics Hub Symposium - Wafer Level Optics 2019 14.02.19
Aixtooling participates with presentation hold by Mr. Guido Pongs
We are excited to participate the Photonics Hub Symposium - Wafer Level Optics 2019 on March 26, 2019, in Darmstadt, Germany. Our Managing Partner R&D Mr. Guido Pongs will hold a presentation on

"Technological challenges in mold making and in the replication of pressed wafer-level optics made of glass".

We would appreciate to meet you in Darmstadt to discuss cahllenges and opportunies of todays glass molding technolgy.
Nanotech 650FG Ultra Precision 5-Axis Freeform Generator
Nanotech 650FG
Since January 2016, the Nanotech 650FG Ultra Precision 5-Axis Freeform Generator of Moore Nanotechnology Systems, LLC is available for the Aixtooling GmbH.
With the main work spindle centrally integrated within an oil hydrostatic Y-axis carriage, advanced machining methods such as raster flycutting of linear diffractives and freeforms, micro-prismatic optical structures, micro-milling of aspheric lens arrays as well as Slow Slide Servo (S3) machining of toric, biconic surfaces is achievable.
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Aixtooling Managing Partner Takes Over Chair 01.06.18
Thomas Bergs
Professor Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bergs takes over chair for manufacturing technology
After 23 years, Professor Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E. H. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Fritz Klocke hands over chair for manufacturing technology at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University on June 1, 2018 to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bergs, MBA.

Professor Bergs studied mechanical engineering with a focus on design engineering at the RWTH Aachen University. From 1995 to 2001, he was a research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen in the Process Technology department. His work focused on laser-assisted cutting. In 2000, he became head of the Laser Technology Group and Business Unit Manager of "Aachener Werkzeug- und Formenbau". Since the beginning of 2001 he has been Managing Director of the Fraunhofer IPT. His doctorate took place in November 2001.

On 01.06.2018, he was appointed university professor of chair for manufacturing technology at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University and appointed member of the board at Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University and Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Technology IPT.
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