Overview - Center for Laser Applications

Fraunhofer CLA has been operating in the USA since 1994 developing new laser applications for a wide range of industrial customers. The center is located in Plymouth, Michigan near Detroit.

With our extensive expertise in laser materials processing and our state-of-the-art laser facility, we can help you to develop the best process solution for your needs. We can offer a wide range of processes from micro to macro scale, including laser welding, laser cutting/drilling, laser cladding, and laser heat treatment.

Henry Ford Technology Award

In 2007 the Laser Applications Division was presented with the Henry Ford Technology Award in recognition for the development of a laser beam welding process to improve the roof strength of the Ford F150 truck.


We work closely together with our parent institute Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) located in Dresden, Germany. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology offers application-oriented research and development in the area of laser and surface technology.  


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Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik
Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 83391-0

Fax +49 351 83391-3300


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Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies CCD
Engineering Research Complex, 1449 Engineering Research Court
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1226, USA

Phone +1 517 432 8709

Fax +1 517 432 8167