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).


Institute brochure, business field broschures, annual reports, product sheets, newsletter and more print products and electronical media for dowload and order

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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


LASYS 2016
May 31 - Jun 2, 2016, Stuttgart

ILA Berlin 2016
Jun 1 - 4, 2016, Berlin

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

EuroBLECH 2016
Oct 25 - 29, 2016, Hannover

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

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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17 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Joining technologies for electromobility

Within the framework of the joint project »BatCon« (Num. 01 MX12055C), funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Fraunhofer IWS scientists have developed novel property- and cost-optimized joining techniques for the fabrication of aluminum-copper cell joints over the past three years. In December 2015 all cooperation partners – Robert Bosch GmbH, ElringKlinger AG, Wieland-Werke AG and the Fraunhofer IWS – met for the final colloquium in Dresden. All partners and the project management – the Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) – were highly pleased with the results. The IWS scientists were able to decisively further develop the technologies for joining processes for cyclically loaded and non-aging Al/Cu-cell joints with very low transition resistance. An implementation into industrial application with industrial partners is very close.

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08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

TAILORED JOINING – Joining technology experts focus their know-how in Dresden

Joining is the key challenge in production processes and often a significant cost factor. The knowledge and the selection of the appropriate procedure is therefore of the utmost importance. Within the framework of the 9th international laser symposium and the joining symposium “Tailored Joining” renowned experts will meet for an international exchange of experiences in Dresden on February, 22 - 24, 2016. The symposia and the open house invitation to the “Innovationsabend für Unternehmen - Industrie @ Fraunhofer IWS“ will offer comprehensive insight into the recent developments and industrial applications of laser and other welding processes. Solid phase and mechanical joining procedures such as adhesive bonding and composite technologies will find a wide presentation platform.

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07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Stefan Kaskel, Cair of Anorganic Chemistry at the Technischen Universität Dresden and head of the business unit Chemical Surface- and Reaction Technology at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS Dresden received the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) award for his excellent scientific research in the field of energy storage devices. The prize includes a research stay at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Osaka (Japan).

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