Press releases 2021

  • Sustainable battery production / 2021

    Environmentally friendly manufacture of battery electrodes

    Press release (Nr. 15) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / September 01, 2021

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    Conventional processes for manufacturing battery electrodes involve mostly toxic solvents and require a lot of space and energy. This is not the case with DRYtraec® – a new dry-coating process developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS. The technology is environmentally friendly and cost effective and can be used on a large scale, giving it the potential to revolutionize the manufacturing of battery electrodes.

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  • BMBF project “SoLiS” explores innovative lithium-sulfur battery concepts / 2021

    Solid-state battery to leap into industrial application

    Press release (Nr. 14) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / August 05, 2021

    Sulfur, with its high storage capacities and low material costs, will serve as the core element of a promising solid-state battery concept that the five project partners of “SoLis” intend to transfer into industrial application.
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    The research project “SoLiS – Development of Lithium-Sulfur Solid State Batteries in Multilayer Pouch Cells”, which started in July 2021, aims to transfer a promising battery concept from basic research into an industrial application. Thanks to high storage capacities and low material costs of sulfur, this cell technology potentially enables the construction of very lightweight and cost-effective batteries. Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding five partners from science and industry with a total of nearly 1.8 million euro. The research results could, for example, enable applications in electric aviation.

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  • Fraunhofer IWS evaluates thousand times faster beam shaping / 2021

    Flexible fiber laser for rapid material processing

    Press release (Nr. 13) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / July 21, 2021

    The “Dynamic Beam” laser from Jerusalem has now been installed at Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden. The institute is thus the first research institution worldwide to utilize such a laser solution.
    © René Jungnickel/Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    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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  • Five years of funding for the consortium NFDI-MatWerk / 2021

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

    Press release (No. 12) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / July 07, 2021

    NFDI-MatWerk aims to integrate decentralized expertise through a uniform data language and standardized interfaces. In this way, completely new kinds of knowledge can be generated in the future.
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    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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  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's German-Polish High-Performance Center brings additive manufacturing to medical technology – first demonstrators will already be presented by the end of 2021 / 2021

    When the hip joint comes out of the printer

    Press release (No. 11) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / June 28, 2021


    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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  • Application Center for Optical Metrology positively evaluated / 2021

    Fraunhofer research in Zwickau consolidated

    Press release (No. 10) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / June 10, 2021

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    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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  • Fraunhofer IWS Dresden spins off lasertech company / 2021

    "Fusion Bionic" lasers lotus effects

    Press release (No. 9) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / May 18, 2021


    A researcher team from industry and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS is spinning off a high-tech company called “Fusion Bionic”. The company aims to bring lotus effects and other functional microstructures from nature to technical surfaces such as air wings and implants using globally cutting-edge solutions for laser interference technology. The team received support from Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s AHEAD project, which specializes in technology transfer.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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    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.

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