Press releases

We inform you about exciting topics of our research and developments. You are welcome to print the texts of our press releases free of charge, as well as the pictures in print quality. Please contact us for further information.

  • With “DiWan” Fraunhofer IWS takes materials testing to a new level / 2021

    Digital expert system in materials science being created

    Press release (No. 4) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / April 16, 2021


    Scientists of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS at Dresden in cooperation with partners from research and industry are planning to create a virtual materials expert system. This system will offer interfaces to publicly available know-how such as the latest scientific papers on materials and relevant standards as well as the practical knowledge of experts. The artificial assistant will provide this accumulated expertise to its human colleagues – thus taking work in materials testing and metallography laboratories to a completely new level.

    more info
  • Fraunhofer IWS achieves excellent joint properties by means of magnetic pulse welding for usage at TU Munich / 2021

    “Unweldable” not anymore: Optimized joining technology opens door to safe hydrogen use in aerospace industry

    Press release (No. 5) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / April 01, 2021


    Eco-friendly flying is on the horizon. All over the world, researchers are developing new technologies to achieve this goal. One focus of developments is the idea of using hydrogen-powered engines for aircraft in the future. The aircraft companies, though, face the challenge of storing this energy source. Hydrogen turns liquid when cooled to minus 253 degrees Celsius, and only then can it be used as a so-called cryogenic fuel. Both tanks and pipe systems in the aircraft have to be absolutely tight at such low temperatures. An innovative new welding process can help to fulfill these requirement: magnetic pulse welding. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have now demonstrated that this joining technology can produce extremely resilient, metallic mixed joints for cryogenic applications. They successfully achieved these outstanding joint properties in cooperation with the Technical University of Munich.

    more info
  • Additively manufactured rocket engine features an aerospike nozzle for microlaunchers

    Press release (No. 7) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / March 22, 2021

    A design demonstrator for an additively manufactured aerospike nozzle.
    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    Microlaunchers are an alternative to conventional launch vehicles. Able to carry payloads of up to 350 kilograms, these midsized transport systems are designed to launch small satellites into space. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden and TU Dresden’s aerospace experts developed an additively manufactured rocket engine with an aerospike nozzle for microlaunchers. The scaled metal prototype is expected to consume 30 percent less fuel than conventional engines. It will be presented at the “Hannover Messe 2021 Digital Edition” from April 12 through 16, 2021.

    more info
  • AI and HSI enable new inspection system to quickly measure foil quality for organic electronics with high spatial resolution / 2021

    Just a few hours instead of weeks: Hyperspectral vision speeds up barrier foil inspection

    Press release (No. 3) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / March 16, 2021

    Barrier foils have been in use for a long time, for example in the food and pharmaceutical industries, but organic electronics have made the requirements for the permeability of such barrier foils with respect to water vapor extremely stringent. Fraunhofer IWS scientists have now managed to reduce the inspection time for barrier foils in organic electronics to just two to three hours.

    All over the world, researchers are focusing on protecting organic light-emitting diodes, solar cells and circuits against humidity and other harmful environmental impacts by using improved foils. The idea is to make organic electronics components more robust and thus more durable. At the “LOPEC” trade fair in March 2021, the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden is presenting a concept that will, in future, check the quality of these barrier foils during production – until now these analyses have required up to several weeks. The new Fraunhofer IWS system is based on hyperspectral imaging and artificial intelligence (AI).

    more info
  • Intelligent robots for targeted combating of viruses and bacteria

    Press release (No. 2) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / February 24, 2021

    In the “MobDi” project, disinfection robots are being developed for use both in buildings (left side) and in transportation (right side).
    © Fraunhofer IPA / Foto: Rainer Bez and Fraunhofer IMW / Graphics: Stefanie Irrler

    Service robots can help ensure that buildings and means of transport are cleaned and disinfected regularly and with consistently high quality. Since October 2020, twelve institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have been working on the development of new technologies for this field of application. Led by Fraunhofer IPA, the partners are pooling their expertise in the “Mobile Disinfection" (MobDi) research project to contribute to a safe “New Normal” in times of pandemic. The project is part of the »Fraunhofer vs. Corona« action program.

    more info
  • Research alliance of science and industry launches EU project "iRel 4.0" / 2021

    Higher reliability for next-generation electronics

    Press release (No. 1) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / February 03, 2021

    Wissenschaftler Christopher Taudt arbeitet an einem Aufbau zur optischen Analyse von Wafern in der Reinraumstrecke des Fraunhofer AZOM. Neue Methoden im Herstellungsprozess sollen ihre Qualität erhöhen und elektronische Komponenten zuverlässiger machen.
    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    The Europe-wide research initiative coordinated by Infineon Technologies AG aims to improve the reliability and performance of electronic systems and microelectronic components. Fraunhofer Appli-cation Center for Optical Metrology and Surface Technologies (AZOM), the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau (WHZ) and the Research and Transfer Center (FTZ) are the Zwickau partners in the collaboration.

    more info
  • Six Fraunhofer institutes have made technological leaps forward in systems engineering, materials and process control as well as end-to-end digitalization / 2020

    Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project futureAM Gets Metallic 3D Printing in Shape for Industrial Use

    Press release (Nr. 11) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / November 09, 2020

    Automatic, component-specific post-processing using a robot with subsequent verification by means of 3D scanning at Fraunhofer IWU in Chemnitz.
    © Fraunhofer

    Accelerating the additive production of metal components by at least a factor of 10: With this goal in mind, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft launched the lighthouse project “futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing” in 2017. As the project ends in November 2020, six Fraunhofer institutes have made technological leaps forward in systems engineering, materials and process control as well as end-to-end digitalization, thus increasing the performance and cost-effectiveness of metal-based additive manufacturing along the entire process chain.

    more info
  • How optimally joined aluminum and fiber composite plastics contribute to climate protection / 2020

    Light e-waste runabouts for cities

    Press release (Nr. 10) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / October 26, 2020

    Constructive concept of a container superstructure for a municipal waste collector in alternative mixed construction based on aluminum profiles and composite panels.
    © EBF Dresden/Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    In order to improve city air quality and protect the environment, many municipalities are planning to acquire electric refuse vehicles for their parks and pedestrian passages. However, these are equipped with heavy batteries or fuel cells and can therefore usually transport less waste than classic waste trucks with combustion engines. However, German engineers now intend to change this by using lightweight designs. To this end, the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden is developing innovative joining guns.

    more info
  • Innovative coating for bipolar plates in fuel cells / 2020

    Graphite instead of gold: Thin layers for better hydrogen cars

    Press release (Nr. 9) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / September 29, 2020

    The bipolar plate (above) is coated with a carbon layer (below), reducing contact resistance and simultaneously increasing corrosion resistance.
    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    Electric cars which can be filled up within five minutes, reach ranges like a diesel and yet drive "cleanly": This is already being achieved by hydrogen fuel cell vehicles today. However, so far they are still rare and expensive. Apart from efficiency problems, this is due, among other things, to one core component: Gold-coated bipolar plates (BiP) in fuel cells are expensive and complex to manufacture. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden, the German automotive group Daimler and the Finnish steel company Outokumpu Nirosta have now developed an economical alternative for rapid mass production.

    more info
  • Fraunhofer IWS is founding member of the new competence center for autonomous and electric flying / 2020

    Future of flying being developed in Kamenz

    Press release (Nr. 8) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / September 25, 2020

    © shutterstock

    Commercial drones and air cabs will soon no longer be mere fantasies of the future. In order to bring new ideas for tomorrow's aviation to life, numerous partners together with the city of Kamenz as well as international companies and institutions founded the “Kompetenzzentrum autonomes und elektrisches Fliegen“. The aim is to create the framework conditions for field trials and extensive testing in this region. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS participates as a founding member.

    more info