Typical applications of DLIP range from in- and out coupling of light in solar cells or organic LEDs over improvement of tribological properties in engine parts to security markings and decoration applications due to the shimmering effect of the periodic textures. On laboratory scale, an improvement over unprocessed surfaces has been demonstrated in all of these mentioned applications. However, so far the feed rates have not sufficed to allow an industrial application of the technology.
Now, in a joint project of laser manufacturer, optics designer and engineering company, a machine platform has been developed which allows high surface processing speeds in an industrial environment. Feed rates in the range of square meters per minute (corresponding to about one billion features per second) can be achieved. With the help of this platform, DLIP can finally be lifted to industrial application.