Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS

Graphite instead of gold: Thin layers for better hydrogen cars

Innovative coating for bipolar plates in fuel cells

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Future of flying being developed in Kamenz

Fraunhofer IWS is founding member of the new competence center for autonomous and electric flying

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Green laser melts pure copper

Fraunhofer IWS applies innovative laser melting system for complex copper components for the first time

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Hot patterns in cold space

Fraunhofer IWS prints heaters for space flight

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Clean without scrubbing and using chemicals

Dresden scientists develop self-cleaning aluminum surface

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"IWShield": Shielding droplets effectively and easily

Laser remote cutting of innovative face shields

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A fast, ecofriendly way of de-icing aircrafts

Surfaces functionalized with lasers

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Annual report 2019/2020 online

Focusing energies

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


Annual report 2019/2020

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More events

Online workshop "Indoor living and working: From toxic gas and particle detection towards abatement solutions"
Nov 26, 2020, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

11th International Conference on Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
Jun 28–30, 2021, ICC Dresden

International Laser Symposium
Dec 6–8, 2021, ICC Dresden

ISAM 2021
Dec 2021, ICC Dresden

Trade fair participations


Oct 12–14, 2020, Munich

Feb 23–25, 2021, Cologne

JEC World
Mar 9–11, 2021, Paris

Mar 23–25, 2021, Munich

Hannover Messe
Apr 12–16, 2021, Hannover

Apr 21–24, 2021, Friedrichshafen

June 21–24, 2021, Munich

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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Graphite instead of gold: Thin layers for better hydrogen cars

Electric cars which can be filled up within five minutes, reach ranges like a diesel and yet drive "cleanly": This is already being achieved by hydrogen fuel cell vehicles today. However, so far they are still rare and expensive. Apart from efficiency problems, this is due, among other things, to one core component: Gold-coated bipolar plates (BiP) in fuel cells are expensive and complex to manufacture. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden, the German automotive group Daimler and the Finnish steel company Outokumpu Nirosta have now developed an economical alternative for rapid mass production.
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Future of flying being developed in Kamenz

Commercial drones and air cabs will soon no longer be mere fantasies of the future. In order to bring new ideas for tomorrow's aviation to life, numerous partners together with the city of Kamenz as well as international companies and institutions founded the “Kompetenzzentrum autonomes und elektrisches Fliegen“. The aim is to create the framework conditions for field trials and extensive testing in this region. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS participates as a founding member.
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Green laser melts pure copper

Creating sophisticatedly shaped plastic parts with the 3D printer is no longer an art process, but an everyday technology. This is quite different with pure copper: Until now, it has not been possible to completely melt the metal to create complex components layer by layer using infrared lasers. As a result, the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden is now using a novel additive manufacturing system, which processes the metal almost defect-free with a short-wave green laser. It enables new production approaches which previously could not be realized with pure copper. Thus, complex components made of pure copper and copper alloys can be realized for aerospace and automotive industry and the efficiency of electric motors and heat exchangers can be increased.
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Hot patterns in cold space

Building satellites and spaceships is anything but cheap. One reason is the fact that cosmic technology must be designed far more fail-safe than on earth. In space, even minimal problems such as an iced battery can lead to dramatic consequences. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden has therefore now developed special reliable thin ceramic-silver heaters for Airbus. These can be continuously and automatically printed onto tubes and other highly complex-shaped components.
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