Fraunhofer IWS

Fraunhofer IWS

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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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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

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

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01277 Dresden

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Fraunhofer IWS Dresden collaborates with a strong research partner in Singapore

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) have signed a memorandum of understanding for international collaboration in the fields of laser-based additive manufacturing and diamond-like hard coating technology.

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Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

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Additively manufactured clamping structures improve adhesion and joining processes

The turn from traditional “monolythic” components, made of one single material, to hybride constructions made of atypical materials implies great challenges. Modern joining processes must be able to join most diversified materials in a robust and durable manner. The scientists of the IWS Dresden favour clamping structures for transition joints between metal, ceramics or plastic material. The tailored micro structures enable a later application of mechanically highly resistant joints between the parts to be connected.

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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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