Opto-mechatronical Components and Systems

Fraunhofer IOF has extensive know-how in the development of technologies for hybrid integration of different components with the highest precision for the construction of complex opto-mechanical and opto-electronic micro and macro systems. This includes assembly technologies (positioning, adjustment), joining technologies (gluing, laser soldering, laser splicing), the printing of functional materials and structures, and much more. In addition, complex optical systems are integrated, even for extreme operating conditions, such as use under vacuum or space applications. Optical systems are featured increasingly by a high degree of complexity because the optical components have to be linked with electronic components and mechanical actuators to form systems with a high integration density.


Quantum hardware

Based on the laws of quantum physics, the quantum computer will herald a new computer age. At Fraunhofer IOF, intensive research is being conducted on components and systems for quantum computers.


Microassembly and packaging technologies for microoptical systems

Miniaturized optical systems more and more feature not only optical components but also electronics and micromechanical actuators to build high functional...

3D printing of optical elements

At Fraunhofer IOF, solutions for the optical production of the future are being developed with 3D inkjet printing of optical elements. In addition to the cost-effective production of individualized optical components, the additive process also enables the printing of numerous functional materials that can be used in highly integrated optical systems.


Functional material printing

The printing of functional materials is a resource-saving process that can be used to apply a wide range of different materials locally and without contact. The combination of different materials enables the production of numerous structures such as electrical conductors and sensory surfaces, but also more complex components such as actuators, organic LEDs, organic solar cells and much more.


Bonding technologies

The bonding technologies used in microassembly influence the accuracy of the positioned component as well as the longterm- and temperature stability...

Hybrid integration

Lithography, dry etching as well as UV molding are characterized by good lateral precision. So the pitch of a lens array can be matched to that of another...

Handling, positioning, alignment

For a mechanized or automated micro assembly one fundamental requirement is the development of handling procedures that are not only suitable...


Micro-optical imaging systems differ from conventional camera set-up in the degree of their miniaturization and consequently their production technologies...

System integration

Optical Systems do not only contain optical components and mechanical mounts, but also electronics components to drive active elements, thermo-electrical...