Combining the very specific material properties of polymers and metals enables a variety of products with tailored properties. As metals and polymers are well known and understood, the combination of both cannot be used due to missing joining knowledge.
The objective of project LaserSTAMP is to introduce a laser based thermal welding process for hybrid polymer-metal structures. Whereas successful research projects on thermal joining of polymer-metal structures have shown the general feasibility of selected material combinations, the comprehensive scientific process understanding and explanation of the joining phenomena is still missing.
The main goal of the project is to understand the physicochemical bonding phenomena. We will investigate the impact of different surface treatments. As energy source, a brilliant laser beam source will be used. Demonstrator CNC machine will show usability in producing hybrid components for medical and automotive industry.