Fraunhofer IWS

Fraunhofer IWS

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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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3rd International Symposium "Additive Manufacturing"

January 30 - 31, 2019, International Congress Center Dresden

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11th International Laser Symposium & International Symposium »Tailored Joining«

February 11 - 12, 2020, International Congress Center Dresden

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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 Summer School "Trends and new developments in Laser Technology"

Aug 27 - 31, 2018, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

7th Workshop "Lithium-Sulfur-Batteries"
Nov 13 - 14, 2018, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

3rd International Symposium "Additive Manufacturing"

Jan 30 - 31, 2019, ICC Dresden

Trade fair participations

XPOMET© Convention
March 21 - 23, 2018, Leipzig

April 10 - 13, 2018, Munich

Hannover Trade Fair Industry
April 23 - 27, 2018, Hannover

ILA Berlin
April 25 - 29, 2018, Berlin

June 5 - 7, 2018, Stuttgart

3D Cell Culture
June 5 - 7, 2018, Freiburg

Sep 17 - 21, 2018, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

HK 2018 - 74rd HeatTreatmentCongress
Oct 16 - 18, 2018, Köln

Oct 23 - 26, 2018, Hannover

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


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01277 Dresden

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Latest News


Bonding without adhesive

The Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS Dresden has developed a new process for joining materials with different properties. Thermal direct joining presses laser-structured metal with thermoplastic components and heats them locally. This causes the thermoplastic to melt, to penetrate into the structures and to adhere to the surface. A specially developed joining gun generates robust connections within seconds. The "HeatPressCool-Integrative" (HPCI) process is highly suitable for replacing complex adhesive processes.

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Change in dual leadership

The Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS has a new managing director. At the turn of the year, Prof. Christoph Leyens succeeded Prof. Eckhard Beyer as managing director, who had headed Fraunhofer IWS until October 2016 and subsequently, together with Mr Leyens, managed the Fraunhofer IWS in a double leadership. Mr Beyer continues being a member of the Institute's Executive Board.

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Original remains original

Together with the company Erich Utsch AG scientists of the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS have developed a process for the protection of license plates for motor vehicles. The development is triggered by the fact that many of the established product protection concepts are either too inflexible or uneconomical. The results will be presented at the 10th Laser Symposium in Dresden as well as at the Intertraffic Amsterdam 2018.

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“FLUX-LMDR” intends to increase energy efficiency of transformers

The project “Technology for greater energy efficiency in distribution transformers” (FLUX-LMDR) was kicked off on 30  November 2017. Under the auspices of the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS Dresden, an alliance of five partners from science and industry will conduct research in laser processing of transformer sheets over the next three years. The application was approved by the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy at the end of October. The Fraunhofer IWS will lead the technological development as well as take part in systems engineering.

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