The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) belongs to the organization Fraunhofer Society for the advancement of applied research. The society undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprises and of wide benefit to society. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF participates as coordinator in this project. It has a staff over 150 employees.
The main fields of research of the IOF are optical coatings, optical systems and metrology, micro optical systems and precision engineering. The focus of the application-oriented research are in the fields multi-functional optical multi-layers, micro-structured surfaces, characterizing of surfaces and coatings, micro-optical systems, waveguide optics, fibre lasers and their application, optical measurement systems and sensors, systems for optics-characterization, fine mechanical precision systems, and procedures of optics assembly.
The Fraunhofer IOF is the competent partner to the local, national and international industry and is also supplier to the public sector. The cooperative work in different competence networks and alliances ensures the successful operation in the market. The clients of Fraunhofer IOF come from the markets: information and communication, lighting, transport and traffic, production, medical technique, environmental and safety engineering. The work on contracts includes the development of prototypes and testing.
The working group “3D measurement techniques” of the Fraunhofer IOF has a number of excellent scientists with experience in the development of 3D scanning systems. In the last few years more than ten different scanning systems based on fringe projection have been developed for different purposes.
Tasks in 3D-Forensics/FTI
Fraunhofer IOF was primarily responsible to technically advance the first 3D-Scanner prototype and to support LUCAS in the engineering of the advanced prototypes.