LaserLT Digital Innovation Hub (LaserLT DIH) – the technology-based hub established a few years ago as the continuation of FP7 APPOLO project. It is a single one-stop-shop providing access to the latest photonics related knowledge, experience and technologies to improve businesses by digitalising manufacturing processes, products and services.
The vision of LaserLT DIH is to become the strongest one-stop-shop on lasers, photonics and advanced manufacturing in Northern-East part of Europe through the development of three main pillars:
- Competence in laser technologies (FTMC DLT) – member of APPOLO HUB;
- Business support and access to finance (Science and Technology Park);
- Access to industry (LITEK™ cluster).
Through cooperation in RTD to develop, validate and provide for manufacturing SMEs the world-class laser and engineering technologies. Services provided by DIH will be research, development, designing, prototyping, validation of technologies and equipment, test-batch production, the attraction of funds, market research, incubation and commercialisation. Pilot lines combining laser technologies with complementary ones are under construction to speed up the technology transfer to SMEs. Tight connections with similar DIHs on laser-based manufacturing and advanced manufacturing is established. APPOLO HUB is an initial point, and new H2020 project on Laser DIH is ready to start. The regional network of DIHs for local industry support is under discussion.