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  • Prof. Martina Zimmermann becomes the first female president of the German Materials Society (DGM). She starts work on January 1, 2021. / 2020

    Martina Zimmermann first woman at DGM top

    News – Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / October 16, 2020

    Prof. Martina Zimmermann becomes the first female president of the German Materials Society (DGM). She starts work on January 1, 2021.
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    Prof. Martina Zimmermann becomes the first female president of the German Materials Society (DGM). She starts work on January 1, 2021. Together with Prof. Gerhard Schneider (Aalen University) she consti-tutes the dual leadership of the DGM for the period 2021/22 - both were elected at the virtual DGM gen-eral meeting at the end of September 2020.

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  • Modern fiber laser with tunable beam shape provides new application areas and integration into individual production processes / 2020

    Versatile and fast welding

    News – Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / October 14, 2020

    Modern fiber laser with tunable beam shape provides new application areas and integration into individual production processes.
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    A novel multimode fiber laser allows individual modifications of the laser beam shape within a few milliseconds – without using external optical elements. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS can now realize various applications from heat conduction welding to deep penetration welding with only one laser system. Following intensive tests of the high-power fiber laser in Dresden's laboratories, industrial customers are invited to cooperate with Fraunhofer IWS experts to discover the laser’s advantages for their specific applications.

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  • New cold wall furnace at Fraunhofer IWS offers a clean process and a wider variety of materials / 2020

    Sintering and debinding in one plant

    News – Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / October 08, 2020

    The finishing is done in the "cold wall furnace". First the binder is driven out. In the subsequent sintering process, the component receives its final properties.
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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS expands its equipment portfolio to advance its competencies in the research field of additive manufacturing. In addition to a binder jetter, a new cold-wall furnace has been added, allowing the two post-processing steps debinding and sintering to be carried out in one system. Along with the binder jetter, the Dresden institute now maps the complete manufacturing and machining process of components and makes it available to interested users as well as researchers who are involved in this additive manufacturing process.

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  • Stronger together – New partnership to support the Australian economy / 2020

    Fraunhofer IWS and RMIT University are starting partnership in Additive Manufacturing

    News – Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / August 24, 2020

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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS enters into cooperation with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne to support the modernization of the Australian economy. The partners are aiming to highlight new potentials in digital Additive Manufacturing (AM) for the Australian economy and open the way to Industry 4.0. The mutual exchange of scientific expertise creates a "win-win situation" to drive global developments towards intelligent industrial processes.

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  • Laser remote cutting of innovative face shields / 2020

    "IWShield": Shielding droplets effectively and easily

    News – Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / May 14, 2020

    Assmbled "IWShield"
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    The COVID-19 pandemic poses new challenges for many parts of society. Very acutely, these include the personal protection of special professional and personal groups who are daily exposed to the danger of direct virus infection. Masks and face shields are an additional supporting tool to reduce the risk of droplet infection via the mucous membranes of eyes, nose and mouth. Basing on the laser remote cutting technology, Fraunhofer IWS has developed a solution for a fast and environmentally friendly production of an innovative face shield: the Intense Wearable Shield ("IWShield").

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