- Network of Expertise
- SME Support
- Technical Solutions
Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV (VITO) is the Flemish institute for technological research. VITO develops innovative products and processes, translating the latest knowledge and technologies into practical applications. With more than 500 highly qualified employees, VITO is organised in 8 centres of expertise. The materials centre of expertise is supported by 24 engineers and 17 technicians working in 3 research groups (ceramic materials and powder metallurgy, surface technology as well as laser technology) and a service for materials analysis and advice.
Expertise in laser manufacturing
For many years now VITO has built up a unique infrastructure and expertise in laser material processing. Different fields include laser welding of metals and thermoplastics, laser hardening, microprocessing (drilling, cutting, welding), laser cladding for repair and wear/corrosion reduction and recently laser cladding for additive manufacturing.