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


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


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 1.5 % or 3g 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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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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