Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS

Institute Shutdown from October 4 to 6, 2023

Dear visitors, please note that we will not be available during the specified period due to a technical shutdown. As of October 9, 2023, our colleagues at Fraunhofer IWS will be personally available for you again. Your inquiries by e-mail or phone will not reach us during this period, so we will not be available to answer them until we return.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to hearing from you again!

News from Fraunhofer IWS


Press Release / 19.9.2023

Intelligent Textiles as Protection against PAH Toxins

Fraunhofer IWS Supports Industry Partners in the Development of New Protective Suits for Firefighters


Press Release / 30.8.2023

Laser Cutting Under Water

Fraunhofer IWS Seeks New Solution to Process Metals Even Below the Sea Surface

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Fraunhofer IWS develops complex system solutions in materials and laser technology. Inspired by the idea of directly transferring latest research results into industrial applications, we work every day with great dedication to find answers to your questions. We define ourselves as idea drivers developing customized solutions based on laser applications, functionalized surfaces and material and process innovations – from easy-to-integrate custom solutions to cost-efficient solutions for small and medium-sized businesses to industry-compatible one-stop solutions. One-stop: starting with the development of new processes, to implementation in production, all the way to application-oriented support.


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