Digital Aachen Polymer Optics Days

Digital event series on plastic optics manufacturing by Fraunhofer and IKV

Press release / October 15, 2020

The organizers of the international conference “Aachen Polymer Optics Days” start on December 1, 2020 with the online series “Digital Aachen Polymer Optics Days” on the thematic sessions of the conference. The presence event, which was planned for October 27 and 28, 2020, has been cancelled due to security measures in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of cancelling this year’s presence event without replacement, the organizers of the two Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology IPT and for Laser Technology ILT and the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and Trade at RWTH Aachen University are now relying on an online event series consisting of the contents of the conference sessions. The thematic sessions, like the original conference, are designed to focus on technologies and applications related to optical plastics manufacturing.

Five thematic sessions from December 2020 to November 2021

The series of events will start with the session “Injection molded optics” on December 1, 2020, with further sessions to follow in 2021:

  • Injection molded optics (December 1, 2020)
  • Materials in optics production (February 24, 2021)
  • Tool and mould making for optical applications (May 18, 2021)
  • Metrological characterization (September 1, 2021)
  • Optical Systems (November 16, 2021)

The thematic sessions are divided into specialist presentations by speakers from international companies such as Covestro Deutschland AG, SABIC Innovative Plastics BV, BASF Coatings GmbH, Röhm GmbH, Ametek GmbH, 3D AG, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, UVEX Arbeitsschutz GmbH, Wilhelm Weber GmbH & Co KG, Phasics S.A., Mahr GmbH, WaveOptics Ltd.

Due to the exceptional situation caused by the CoViD19 pandemic in 2020, the organizers have decided to offer participation in the kick-off session on December 1, 2020, free of charge. As a regular presence event, the conference is scheduled to take place again in spring 2022.

Information about the events and the possibility for registration can be found at   https://www.ipt.fraunhofer.de/en/Dates/conferences-seminars/digital-aachen-polymer-optics-days.html

Space for networking activities and discussion

Following the presentation part, a networking and discussion session will be moderated by the Photonics Consortium EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium, which offers participants the opportunity to address interdisciplinary questions and interests. The language of presentation and discussion will be English.

Since 2014, the two-day conference “Aachen Polymer Optics Days” has been held as a joint event of the three research institutes Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and Trade at RWTH Aachen University in Aachen. In 2018, the organizers were able to welcome around 200 participants from industry and science to a varied lecture program with renowned speakers. This year’s conference was scheduled for October 27 and 28, 2020, but has now been cancelled as a presence event due to the risk situation caused by the corona virus.

The conference is supported by: