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

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

Schweißen & Schneiden
September 25 - 29, 2017, Düsseldorf

Materialsweek Dresden
September 27 - 29, 2017, Dresden

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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Latest News


New IWS laser welding technology received certifica-tion by DNV GL - Maritim for welding processes in the shipbuilding industry.

Confidence and reliability are key criteria for the potential introduction of innovative joining techniques. This is, in particular, also true for the modern maritime industry. Scientists of the Fraunhofer IWS have developed a novel, low heat-input but highly efficient laser welding technology for joining processes of up to 50 mm thick parts made of seawater-resistant aluminum alloys. A decisive advantage of this technology is the comparatively low laser power (< 4 kW) needed during the welding of thick metal sheets. The low laser power enables extraordinarily small weld seam widths and minimal component distortion. The IWS laser multi-pass-narrow-gap welding technology (laser MPNG) has been successfully certificated by the classification society DNV GL and is thus now ready for potential industrial applications.

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Professor Martina Zimmermann has been elected to be the new speaker of the German Materials Society (DGM) advisory board.

Prof. Dr. Martina Zimmermann, head of the Fraunhofer IWS expert team “Materials Characterization and Testing” and holder of the professorship for “Mechanics of Materials and Damage Analysis”, TU Dresden, has been elected to be the new speaker of the German Materials Society (DGM) advisory board. The election took place within the framework of the first constituent meeting of the new advisory board at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie on March 16, 2017.

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Laser structuring improves adhesion on metal and protects the environment

Scientists of the Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and the Fraunhofer IFAM Bremen have developed a novel technology for the large area, efficient and environmentally friendly pre-processing of fiber glass metal laminates (GLARE). This new technology has been jointly developed within the framework of the aeronautical research project » AUTOGLARE- advanced metal fuselage construction- fiber glass reinforced aluminum and automated manufacturing processes for high production rates in the aircraft industry; Sub-project NFM-GLARE «. The adhesively bonded multilayer composites, pre-processed by laser, verifiably provide excellent adhesion and corrosion properties so that chemical pre-processing in anodizing bathes are no longer necessary.

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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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