Fraunhofer IWS

Fraunhofer IWS

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International Symposium "Additive Manufacturing"

February 8 - 9, 2017, International Congress Center Dresden

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6th Workshop "Lithium sulfur batteries"

November 6 - 7, 2017, 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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2nd Internationales Symposium "Additive Manufacturing"
Feb 8 - 9, 2017, ICC 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

nano tech 2017
Jan 15 - 17, 2017, Tokyo, Japan

March 28 - 30, 2017, München

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

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

Phone +49 351 83391-0
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Latest News


Fraunhofer IWS Dresden now has two directors!

On November 1, 2016, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Leyens joined the Fraunhofer IWS Dresden Board of Directors as a new member. The 49-year old materials scientist heads the renowned research institute in the fields of laser processing, materials and surface science together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Beyer. Both are also institute directors at the TU Dresden.

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Dynamic beam shaping increases the attractiveness of laser beam fusion cutting

The decisive argument for purchasing a laser cutting machine is the optimal combination of good quality, maximum feed rate, low investment and operating costs. During the last years, fiber and disc lasers have achieved a leading position as a laser source for cutting of thin metal sheets due to their distinctly higher cutting rates. The need for optimization emerges for sheet thicknesses exceeding 5 mm. Compared to CO2-lasers, the solid state lasers cause an increase in surface roughness and burr formation.

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EARTO Innovation Award 2016 goes to Dresden

Last night, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden received the second prize of the EARTO Innovation Awards 2016 in the category Impact Delivered for the: Development of super hard diamond-like carbon coatings for improved energy efficiency. These coatings are applied on piston rings and other parts in the powertrain. Coated piston rings show a reduction in fuel consumption of about 1.5 % or 3 g/km CO2 emission. Series production has started. Further components will follow.

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Doing more with less – Lightweight constructions by hybrid joints

Joining of completely novel material combinations, new construction principles, and production processes guaranteeing high quality – these are the challenges to which enterprises and the scientists at Fraunhofer IWS have been standing up for years. Parts and assemblies are expected to be possibly light, strong, durable and reliable. The application of hybrid joints between metals and reinforced composites in the automotive, aerospace and many other areas are a new trend, which is significantly swayed by Fraunhofer IWS Dresden, and is presented at EuroBLECH 2016.

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