Smaller, customized and intelligent medical products – at Fraunhofer IWS we investigate important future topics in medical engineering. In addition to effective patient care, the cost factor for medical products also 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.
We develop technologies as well as manufacturing processes and test novel high-performance materials in close cooperation with medical institutions such as hospitals and university clinics, research institutes and manufacturers of medical devices. We employ artificial intelligence (AI) methods, for example, to realize, individualize and digitize medical devices and products such as surgical implants. Our additive manufacturing processes are proving to be important cornerstones for customized and quality manufacturing. In addition, our "lab-on-chip" systems will provide a fast and cost-effective solution for near-patient laboratory diagnostics in the future.