Photonics and Optics

We develop solutions with light: The introduction of optical engineering into manufacturing technology is associated with enormous benefits in terms of accuracy, speed and cost efficiency. The innovative potential of lasers as a tool has revolutionized the automotive industry, aerospace, medical engineering and many other sectors. In combination with modern materials and systems technology, we process a wide variety of materials and surfaces, create new production systems and support their application in business, science and society. 

Laser materials processing is one of the institute's core competencies: We develop processes and systems for laser welding, cutting, hardening, coating and structuring. We also implement our expertise and the many years of experience of our experts in the development of additive manufacturing processes, functional surfaces or in beam shaping. The accuracy advantages of lasers are also utilized in optical sensors and optical metrology. With the help of non-contact measuring instruments, surfaces can be measured and analyzed with precision down to the nanometer.

Our Services for Photonics and Optics

Learn more about our latest research and development services. Do you have questions about our comprehensive portfolio? Our contact persons will be happy to answer them. They will help you to identify, evaluate and take advantage of opportunities.


Press Release / 1.6.2023

Optimizing Production Processes through Modularization

Fraunhofer IWS at Laser World of Photonics


Press release / 14.3.2023

Sharp Hyperspectral Eye for Chip Production

“DIVE imaging systems” Spins off from Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden


Press release / 1.12.2022

New Fraunhofer safety technology reduces transportation accidents

Safety in warehouse logistics


Press release / 10.2.2022

New light source: A million times brighter than the sun

PhD thesis investigated application of a special white-light laser 


Press release / 21.7.2021

Flexible fiber laser for rapid material processing

Fraunhofer IWS evaluates thousand times faster beam shaping


Press release / 10.6.2021

Fraunhofer research in Zwickau consolidated

Application Center for Optical Metrology positively evaluated


Press release / 4.2.2021

Higher reliability for next-generation electronics

Research alliance of science and industry launches EU project "iRel 4.0"


News / 24.11.2020

EUV lithography opened the door to digital age

Review on the award of the German Future Prize 2020 (Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2020) to Trumpf, Zeiss and Fraunhofer