Miniaturized and personalized products – at Fraunhofer IWS we investigate important future topics in medical engineering. Especially for personalized medical devices the cost factor plays a decisive role. Innovations will only prevail in everyday medical practice if they offer an advantage over the current state-of-the-art while being affordable at the same time.
We develop solutions in close cooperation with medical institutions, research institutes and manufacturers of medical devices. We apply novel manufacturing processes and artificial intelligence (AI) methods to realize, individualize and digitize medical devices and products. Additive manufacturing processes in combination with the use of high-performance materials are proving to be important cornerstones for customized and quality manufacturing. In addition, integrated ”lab-on-chip” systems will provide a fast and cost-effective solution for near-patient laboratory diagnostics in the future.