Additive Manufacturing Center Dresden (AMCD)

Additive manufacturing – Competence in materials in manufacturing engineering

Coaxial processing head for laser wire buildup welding processes
© Fraunhofer IWS
Coaxial processing head for laser wire buildup welding processes
3D printing makes it possible: A demonstrator of a printed TEG wriggles flexibly around a sample component.
© Fraunhofer IWS Dresden
3D printing makes it possible: A demonstrator of a printed TEG wriggles flexibly around a sample component.

Additive manufacturing technology has led to a paradigm shift in manufacturing engineering. Thanks to the layer-bylayer generation material is only applied at the area where it is needed. The new manufacturing technology allows degrees of freedom for functional optimization and flexibility not seen before, beyond the limits of conventional manufacturing technology. There is a correspondingly high industrial interest in qualifying the additive manufacturing to a high industrial level.

The high potential of additive manufacturing is opposed to the large variety of unsolved issues. These issues can only be solved in a close collaboration between science and industry. Fraunhofer IWS initiated the project "Additive Manufacturing – Agent-3D" to advance the required collaboration. The consortium with its 60 partners establishes a strong network between industry and research organizations.

Within the framework DRESDEN-concept the scientists, together with partners of the TU Dresden, founded an internationally recognized competence center, in which material and manufacturing solutions for challenging products are interdisciplinarily developed. Presently the scientists focus on research fields such as aerospace, automotive industry, tool making, energy technology and medical engineering. In a rapidly developing high technology field the center offers an excellent networking platform for economy, scientific basic research and application-oriented research.

Our process portfolio includes

  • laser buildup welding with wire and powder
  • selective laser melting
  • electron beam melting
  • 3D printing technology

for metallic and intermetallic materials, polymers, functional materials and multi-material systems. With regard to procedures we offer developments for processes, for system and sensor technologies, and for on-line process diagnostics.

The research work of the center focuses on product chains comprising: component design, finishing and processing steps, repair and recycling. Testing and characterization of material and components produced with additive manufacturing technologies belong to the core competences as well.



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Education offer

Certified Metal Additive Manufacturing Professional

Within the framework of the Certified Metal Additive Manufacturing Professional, you will acquire the necessary expertise for comprehensive handling metal-based additive technologies, optionally in the field of design or production.

Press releases


Press release, April 14, 2022

POWDERscreen monitors streams of powder into the laser melt

Measuring system opens up new perspectives for additive manufacturing


Press release, Mar 22, 2021

Additively manufactured rocket engine features an aerospike nozzle for microlaunchers

Researchers at the Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden and TU Dresden’s aerospace experts developed an additively manufactured rocket engine with an aerospike nozzle for microlaunchers.


Press release, Nov 14, 2019

Fine-tuning for additive production

“COAXshield” and “LIsec”: Fraunhofer IWS presents shielding gas nozzle and light scanner for laser powder build-up welding at “formnext” trade fair


Press release, May 17, 2019

Additive machines discover superalloys

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


Press release, May 15, 2018

Improved efficiency of aircraft engines

Winner of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2018


ATHENA aims for the stars with Additive Manufacturing


Press release, Nov 30, 2017

Focus project futureAM

futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing


For several years, the Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and the IfWW – the Institute of Materials Science at the TU Dresden – have been cooperating in the field of additive manufacturing and thus have been able to implement numerous application-driven projects. The objective of networking with research and industrial partners is to overcome existing technological limitations and to define and establish the framework conditions for standardization, process reliability, quality assurance and so on. To this end, we have available paste-based methods, state-of-the-art powderand nozzle-based laser and electron beam technologies, CNC and robotic systems, as well as computer-aided methods of process control and analysis.


Institute of Manufacturing Technology, TU Dresden

At the Institute of Manufacturing Technology, TU Dresden, the basics of the main fields of manufacturing technology are investigated and the corresponding production processes are further developed.


Institute of Materials Science (IfWW), TU Dresden

At the Institute of Materials Science (IfWW) at the TU Dresden, the scientists of the  relevant chairs link materials science issues with application-oriented problem solutions. Research focuses on the characterization of structure-and property relationships and the identification of material-physical interaction mechanisms.