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21.7.2021

Flexible fiber laser for rapid material processing

Laser experts from Saxony and Israel are jointly testing a novel laser for industrial use at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden. The system is based on the “Coherent Beam Combining” (CBC) method, which is still new for high-power lasers. The 13-kilowatt laser can generate different energy distribution patterns particularly quickly during operation and thus process even demanding high-tech materials very precisely and quickly. The Fraunhofer researchers intend to make the innovative laser technology from Israel available to companies worldwide in the near future. Within a European network project, Fraunhofer IWS is already investigating the beam shaping, which is accelerated by a thousand times, for the first time for additive manufacturing together with the laser manufacturer Civan Lasers and A. Kotliar Laser Welding Solutions.
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7.7.2021

Materials Science and Engineering institutions collaborate on implementing a distributed research data infrastructure

In a collaborative effort to tackle the enormous challenge of building a common National Research Data Infrastructure NFDI, all across Germany entire research areas are working together in subject-specific consortia. As one of ten consortia in the second round, “NFDI-MatWerk” is going to receive five years of funding for Materials Science and Engineering. The consortium consists of renowned research organizations, including 10 applicants and 15 associated partners and is represented by the speaker Prof. Dr. Chris Eberl from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM. It focuses on the infrastructure development for a shared materials data space.
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28.6.2021

When the hip joint comes out of the printer

It's all about high-tech dentures, prostheses that autonomously detect inflammatory reactions in the body, or individually adapted seats for wheelchairs. A German-Polish Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft High-Performance Center is researching new technologies for the use of 3D printing processes, known as additive manufacturing technology, in medical technology. For Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, it is one of two international High-Performance Centers launched in March that are explicitly dedicated to cross-organizational cooperation. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden and the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU in Chemnitz are involved in the ”Additive Technologies for Medicine and Health” (ATeM) Center on the German side. They cooperate with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT) at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is providing financial support for the project.
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10.6.2021

Fraunhofer research in Zwickau consolidated

Five years after the launch of the Fraunhofer Application Center for Optical Metrology and Surface Technologies AZOM at Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau University of Applied Sciences (WHZ), the research institution has been positively evaluated by external reviewers. The application center will thus continue to strengthen and expand Zwickau as a location for research and higher education.
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