Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS

Clean lungs thanks to laser process exhaustion

“CleanRemote” protects work environment against hazardous micro dust

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Economical energy storage for the electric car of tomorrow

Dresden dry electrode coating technology allows environmentally friendly battery cell production

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Waterproof thanks to rapid lasers

"remoweld®FLEX" technology by Fraunhofer IWS makes nonweldable materials weldable

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Additive machines discover superalloys

Fraunhofer lighthouse project "futureAM" expected to speed up "additive manufacturing" by a factor ten

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Key component for batteries of the future

Fraunhofer IWS is developing innovative solutions for current challenges of lithium metal anodes

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Fraunhofer IWS - Annual report 2018

We inform you about our highlights and exciting laser and surface technology projects from research and industry.

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Economical engines due to less friction

Together with the automotive industry, researchers at the Fraunhofer IWS have been working to develop processes for friction-reducing surfaces of engine components over the past few years. Now, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced even further by enhancing surface technology.

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Elucidating the Atomic Mechanism of Superlubricity

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institutes IWS and IWM jointly deciphered a universal mechanism of superlubricity for certain diamond-like carbon layers in combination with organic lubricants.

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Winner of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2018

Prof. Dr. Frank Brückner, Mirko Riede and Dan Roth-Fagaraseanu (Rolls-Royce) has succeeded in increasing the stability of those aircraft engine parts which are subject to stress due to temperature. The IWS process helps to reduce kerosene consumption as well as CO2 emissions.

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ATHENA aims for the stars with Additive Manufacturing - Optical bench in hybrid manufacturing

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Fraunhofer IWS

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

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11th International Laser Symposium

November 23–25, 2020 in Dresden

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The Fraunhofer IWS conducts applied research and development in the field of laser and surface technology.


Annual report 2018

More publications

Institute brochure, business field broschures, annual reports, product sheets, newsletter and more print products and electronical media for dowload and order

More events

8th International Summer School "Trends and new developments in Laser Technology"
Aug 26–30, 2019, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

Workshop "Advanced porous materials for Industry: Metal Organic Frameworks, porous Polymers and beyond" 
Oct 31, 2019, Paris, France

Materials for Energy

Nov 18–19, 2019, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

11th International Laser Symposium
2020, Dresden

Trade fair participations

Materialsweek „Materials For The Future“
Sep 18–20, 2019, Dresden

Oct 8–10, 2019, Dresden

Oct 22–24, 2019, Köln

HK 2019
Oct 22–24, 2019, Köln

Nov 5–8, 2019, Stuttgart

Highlights from research and development

Success stories of the Fraunhofer IWS with our customers from economy and industry

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Further international award for Christoph Leyens

Prof. Christoph Leyens has been appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada for his successful global commitment to Additive Manufacturing. At the beginning of this year, the Director of the Institute of Materials Science at TU Dresden and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS received the award of the same title from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
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Clean lungs thanks to laser process exhaustion

In sectors such as the automotive industry, components can be processed at extremely high speed using the laser remote process. However, this can result in harmful emissions which may cause lung damage. Scientists from the Dresden Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS have studied the issue as part of the IGF research project “CleanRemote”. They reduce particles and gases in the air by means of a suction device.
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Economical energy storage for the electric car of tomorrow

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed a new production process with the aim of efficient and environmentally friendly future battery production. They coat the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. This simplified process saves energy and eliminates toxic solvents. A Finnish company is currently successfully testing the new IWS technology in practice.
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Waterproof thanks to rapid lasers

Fraunhofer engineers from Dresden have developed a new laser welding process employing a fast oscillating laser beam. This technology, known as "remoweld®FLEX", is suitable for particularly demanding processes – especially for components to be sealed media-tight against water and other undesirable environmental influences. These include housings for electrical and electronic components, heat exchangers and coolings, which have previously been regarded as hardly weldable and often consist of die-cast aluminum. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS and Maschinenfabrik Arnold from Ravensburg were both involved in the research development.
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