Fraunhofer IWS

Fraunhofer IWS

Your compentent partner for all questions in the field of laser and surface technology!

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Workshop "Energy Harvesting Systems – FlexTEG 2016"

September 26 - 27, 2016, Dresden

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5th Workshop "Lithium sulfur batteries"

November 21 - 22, 2016, International Congress Center Dresden

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International Symposium "Additive Manufacturing"

New date: February 8 - 9, 2017

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Ablation and Cutting

The laser as a tool for cutting and ablation

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The laser as a tool for micro processes and surface functionalization

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New technologies for the joining of metallic and nonmetallic materials

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Thermal Surface Technology

Holistic approach for material, process and system technologies

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Additive Manufacturing and Printing

Symbiosis between coating technology and materials know-how

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Chemical Surface and Reaction Technology

New technologies improve the functionality of surfaces

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PVD and Nanotechnology

New coating systems to develop new application areas

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We focus on application-oriented research and development, covering all steps: starting with physical- and material- technological basic knowledge and ending with holistic systems development. We bundle our strength, on the one hand, on laser technology (e.g.laser welding, cutting, coating, hardening, cleaning) and, on the other hand, on surface technology (e.g. laser build up welding, cladding, thin film technology).



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5th International Summer School "Trends and new developments in Laser Technology 2016"
Aug 29 - Sep 2, 2016, Dresden

Workshop „Energy Harvesting Systems – FlexTEG 2016“

Sep 26 - 27, 2016, Dresden

5th Workshop "Lithium-Sulfur-Batteries"

Nov 21 - 22, 2016, ICC Dresden

2nd Internationales Symposium "Additive Manufacturing"
Feb 8 - 9, 2017, ICC Dresden

Traide fair participations


PSE 2016
Sep 12 - 16, 2016, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

AMB 2016
Sep 13 - 17, 2016, Stuttgart

InnoTrans 2016
Sep 20 - 23, 2016, Berlin

Alihankinta 2016 - Subcontracting Fair Finland
Sep 27 - 29, 2016, Tampere, Finland

Oct 11 - 13, 2016, Cologne

EuroBLECH 2016
Oct 25 - 29, 2016, Hannover

HK 2016 (HeatTreatmentCongress)
Oct 26 - 28, 2016, Cologne

formnext 2016
Nov 15 - 18, 2016, Frankfurt / Main

Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden


Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden

Phone +49 351 83391-0
Fax +49 351 83391-3300
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Latest News

27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Diversity of systems for laser-based material processing

From 31. May to 2. June Fraunhofer IWS Dresden will present at the International trade fair for laser material processing LASYS in Stuttgart innovative technologies and systems capable for integration into industrial production processes. An emphasis is layed on the long-standing systems COAXn und COAXwire for powder and wire deposaition welding. For the first time the recent development COAXwire2016, which is operational also in combination with a diode laser, will be presented. This development is convenient for the processing of flux cored wire and thus offers an even broader spectrum of applications as its forerunner.

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18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Highly-dynamic scanner mirrors easier to control

For a flexible and a rapid material laser processing highly-dynamic galvanometer mirrors are used similarly as in laser shows. These are supposed to reach prefera-bly high velocities and accelerations and to be rapidly controllable. With a special electronic system developed by the Fraunhofer Institute IWS Dresden, the so called module ESL2-100, it is possible to control the galvanometer directly by the machine control system. This allows a holistic interlinking to the main control system, which simplifies considerably the control procedure. In addition, for the implementation of a laser process a plurality of scanner mirrors can be applied simultaneously.

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18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Inspection using light as a tool – Fraunhofer IWS offers a new platform for contactless material imaging

On Mai 10, 2016 it will finally be done: with the opening of the fair Sensor+Test in Nuremberg Fraunhofer IWS Dresden presents a particular highlight. IWS bears a sig-nificant part in the development of contactless methods for material imaging apply-ing light as a tool, and demonstrates on the fair its newest developments in the area of spectral imaging and its imanto® product range.

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21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT

“Green” laser with 1 kW power in cw operation utilized for processing highly reflective metals

Metals with excellent electric conductivity such as copper, aluminum and gold are of special interest in the fields of electric mobility and power electronics. Due to their strong reflectance in the infrared wavelength range, the laser processing of these materials presents a huge challenge. Most of the available continuously radiating high power lasers (cw) operate exactly in this wavelength range. The Fraunhofer IWS can now apply a novel “green” laser for processing tasks of these materials. With a power of 1 kW at 515 nm and a beam quality of 2.5 mm mrad, this novel laser opens up completely new application possibilities for joining and cutting tasks. Furthermore it enables new fields of applications in the area of electric mobility and power electronics.

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