Fraunhofer IWS

Fraunhofer IWS

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

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6th International Summer School "Trends and new developments in Laser Technology"

August 28 - September 1, 2017, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

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6th Workshop "Lithium sulfur batteries"

November 6 - 7, 2017, Dresden

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10th International Laser Symposium & International Symposium »Tailored Joining«

February 27 - 28, 2018, International Congress Center Dresden

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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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The Fraunhofer IWS conducts applied research and development in the field of laser and surface technology.



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7th International Conference on Very High Cycle Fatigue (VHCF7)
July 3 - 5, 2017, Dresden

6th International Summer School "Trends and new developments in Laser Technology"
Aug 28 - Sep 1, 2017, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

6th Workshop "Lithium-Sulfur-Batteries"
Nov 6 - 7, 2017, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

10th International Laser Symposium & International Symposium "Tailored Joining" 2018
Feb 27 - 28, 2018, ICC Dresden

Traide fair participations

Hannover Trade Fair Industry
April 24 - 28, 2017, Hannover

Automotive Engineering Expo (AEE)
May 30 - 31, 2017, Nürnberg

June 7 - 9, 2017, Düsseldorf

June 20 - 22, 2017, Erfurt

June 26 - 29, 2017, Munich

Composites Europe
June 19 - 21, 2017, Stuttgart

Highlights from research and development

Success stories of the Fraunhofer IWS with our customers from economy and industry

Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden


Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden

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Latest News


New laser processes for innovative lightweight design

Lightweight design is one of the mostly progressive research areas involved in accomplishing the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, as well as the reduction of CO2 emissions. Innovative materials, such as carbon or glass fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP/GFRP), as well as metal foams, contribute to the successful implementation of the target set by the Federal Government. The Fraunhofer IWS has been researching in this field for many years to provide promising and affordable solutions for our industrial and research partners. One of these solutions is the laser-remote cutting technique.

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Smart laser processing heads in the digital age

Integrated digitization of processes for laser materials processing provides customers with measurable results in industrial applications. Based on the IWS’ comprehensive systems engineering know-how, cyber-physical laser materials processing systems are being developed by means of new hardware and software solutions. These systems assist the operator in the performance of complex manufacturing tasks, they improve product quality, and they enhance the reproducibility of manufacturing results both for regular and frequently changing production sequences. Research developments for hardening, cutting and joining as well as for additive manufacturing processes will be presented at the Hannover Messe Industrie and at the Laser Messe München.

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Artificial mini organisms instead of animal testing

Everyone wants medication – we’re not talking about animal testing here. Up to now, this has been a necessary evil in medical research. Microphysiological systems, in which organs and organ systems are “created” are a promising alternative. Therewith, complex mechanisms of the human body can be realistically analyzed. Among other things, these microsystems contain ducts, reservoirs, actuating elements, sensor technology and 3D scaffols “made by laser”. The Fraunhofer IWS offers partners from the fields of biology and medicine complete solutions for microsystem technology – from design to prototype, including the automation system.

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New energy-efficient technology to produce carbon fibers

Dresden researchers of the Fraunhofer IWS and the TU Dresden have developed a new energy-efficient process chain for carbon fiber manufacturing. The approach aims at the conversion of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) procurser fibers by means of their stabilization, carbonization and graphitization. Thereby, in future it will be possible to produce carbon fibers at clearly lower costs.

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