Fraunhofer IWS

Fraunhofer IWS

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

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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).



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5th Workshop "Lithium-Sulfur-Batteries"
Nov 21 - 22, 2016, ICC Dresden

2nd Internationales Symposium "Additive Manufacturing"
Feb 8 - 9, 2017, ICC Dresden

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

Traide fair participations


Oct 11 - 13, 2016, Cologne

EuroBLECH 2016
Oct 25 - 29, 2016, Hannover

HK 2016 (HeatTreatmentCongress)
Oct 26 - 28, 2016, Cologne

formnext 2016
Nov 15 - 18, 2016, Frankfurt / Main

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


Efficient railway vehicle bodies

Material savings, flexible production and high user comfort are increasingly gaining importance in the field of railway vehicles. Analyses and simulations of passenger flows in vehicle interiors allow for an improved vehicle body layout. Mass-reduced manufacturing of sidewalls with individualized door-cuts can be optimized by low-distortion laser welding and completely connected integral structures. At the trade fair InnoTrans 2016 the Dresden Fraunhofer institutes IWS and IVI are presenting jointly developed technical implementations for passenger flow simulations and manufacturing techniques for low heat input and highly efficient laser welding procedures.

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Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2016: Laser beams stamp microstructures – Direct Laser Interference Patterning

Professor Mücklich, Professor Lasagni and ten of their colleagues at Saarland University, the Steinbeis-Forschungszentrum Material Engineering Center Saarland, Dresden University of Technology and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology receive one of two second prizes of the 2016 Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis.

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Dresden‘s high-tech from the 3D-printer

Together with Technische Universität Dresden the Fraunhofer Institute IWS Dresden runs the Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden. This internationally attention-attracting institution is the biggest center of competence in Eastern Germany for the development of high-tech parts via 3D-printing. From here, AGENT-3D, the biggest in Europe research program in the field of additive manufacturing, is being managed as well. Currently, allowances from the project executing organization Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH worth of 5.3 Million Euro are available for the Fraunhofer Institute IWS for strategic, management and technology projects. Numerous enterprises take part in the program as well.

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Fraunhofer IWS scientists are now able to offer n-conductive polymers as processable paste

The Fraunhofer IWS has made another important step forward with respect to the research on n-conductive polymers for printed electronics. The Dresden scientists succeeded in modifying an n-conductive polymer, already synthesized in 2015, in such a way that it can now be processed as a paste and be printed in a three-dimensional manner.

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