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  • No more cleaning: Fraunhofer IWS, TU Dresden and Airbus produce water- and dirt-repellent nanostructures on aircraft surfaces / 2018

    Micro fishbones to stop car fuel thirst

    Press release (No. 9) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 12.9.2018

    Ultra-short laser pulses generate micro-patterns in engine parts such as piston rings and thus reduce friction (r.). The Fraunhofer IWS technology is designed to reduce wear and friction and save fuel.
    © Shutterstock / Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    (Dresden, September 12, 2018) Dresden Fraunhofer engineers are working on reducing the fuel consumption of cars by more than a tenth. They use ultra-short laser pulses to generate very fine and friction-reducing fishbone patterns in engines.

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  • No more cleaning: Fraunhofer IWS, TU Dresden and Airbus produce water- and dirt-repellent nanostructures on aircraft surfaces / 2018

    Lasers make the lotus effect on aircraft

    Press release (No. 8) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 8.8.2018

    Alfredo Aguilar, Scientist with the team Surface Functionalization at Fraunhofer IWS, operates the world’s largest 3D DLIP system based at TU Dresden.
    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    (Dresden, August 8, 2018) Filigree engravings on external surfaces of aircraft are intended to ensure that airflow remains smooth and drag on the aircraft low. For this, engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, the Technische Universität Dresden and Airbus have developed a laser process that produces textured surfaces at high throughput making surface contamination more difficult.

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  • Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2018: Improved efficiency of aircraft engines

    Press release (No. 6) - Fraunhofer IWS / 15.5.2018

    Professor Frank Brückner and Mirko Riede (from the left) have developed microstructures that, among other things, extend the life of the thermal barrier coatings.
    © Fraunhofer / Juergen Loesel

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS has succeeded in increasing the stability of those aircraft engine parts which are subject to stress due to temperature. The IWS process helps to reduce kerosene consumption as well as CO2 emissions. In combination with further measures, significant cost savings result during flight operations. The research project was developed in close cooperation with the engine specialist Rolls-Royce. The first engines with the new technology are already in use.

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  • IWS engineers design modern aluminum components for future aircraft / 2018

    With low pressure to the lightweight aircraft

    Press release (No. 5) - Fraunhofer IWS / 23.4.2018

    Circular blank with central-flat welded FSW seam
    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    Engineers at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS in Dresden have developed an innovative process in cooperation with industrial partners to weld and form modern lightweight parts for aircraft. They present this technology at the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA in Berlin from 25 to 29 April 2018.

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  • Fraunhofer IWS Dresden presents new COAXwire laser processing heads at Hannover Messe and ILA Berlin / 2018

    Coaxial wire cladding in the next generation

    Press release (No. 4) - Fraunhofer IWS / 17.4.2018

    Die COAXwire mini ermöglicht die Herstellung filigraner Bauteiler mittels feinen Schweißdrähten.
    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    The next generation‘s laser wire processing optics "COAXwire" is in the starting blocks. At the Hannover Messe and the ILA Berlin, the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS Dresden presents two versions of its coaxial wire optics. A completely newly developed miniaturized version enables high-precision processing of complex components with fine wire. In a macro version, the head can be equipped with a hot-wire module.

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  • Fast direct joining of metal and thermoplastic materials / 2018

    Bonding without adhesive

    Press release (No. 3) - Fraunhofer IWS / 20.2.2018

    In order to adapt the HCPI process for industrial applications, IWS scientists developed a modularly designed joining gun that can be mounted on a robot arm instead of a spot welding gun.
    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    The Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS Dresden has developed a new process for joining materials with different properties. Thermal direct joining presses laser-structured metal with thermoplastic components and heats them locally. This causes the thermoplastic to melt, to penetrate into the structures and to adhere to the surface. A specially developed joining gun generates robust connections within seconds. The "HeatPressCool-Integrative" (HPCI) process is highly suitable for replacing complex adhesive processes.

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  • Christoph Leyens takes over management of Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 2018

    Change in dual leadership

    Press Release (No. 2) - Fraunhofer IWS / 26.1.2018

    Prof. Christoph Leyens übernahm zum Jahreswechsel die Funktion des geschäftsführenden Mitglieds der Institutsleitung am Fraunhofer IWS Dresden.
    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / Martin Förster

    The Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS has a new managing director. At the turn of the year, Prof. Christoph Leyens succeeded Prof. Eckhard Beyer as managing director, who had headed Fraunhofer IWS until October 2016 and subsequently, together with Mr Leyens, managed the Fraunhofer IWS in a double leadership. Mr Beyer continues being a member of the Institute's Executive Board.

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  • New product protection procedure simply and efficiently equips vehicle license plates with safety features / 2018

    Original remains original

    Press release (No. 1) - Fraunhofer IWS / 19.1.2018

    DLIP-generated exemplary product protection feature
    © Erich Utsch AG

    Together with the company Erich Utsch AG scientists of the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS have developed a process for the protection of license plates for motor vehicles. The development is triggered by the fact that many of the established product protection concepts are either too inflexible or uneconomical. The results will be presented at the 10th Laser Symposium in Dresden as well as at the Intertraffic Amsterdam 2018.

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  • “FLUX-LMDR” intends to increase energy efficiency of transformers

    Press release (Nr. XXIV) - Fraunhofer IWS / 15.12.2017

    Core plate cutting machine for transformer plates. In the course of the BMWi project, a laser for LMDR treatment will integrated.
    © Heinrich Georg GmbH Maschinenfabrik

    The project “Technology for greater energy efficiency in distribution transformers” (FLUX-LMDR) was kicked off on 30  November 2017. Under the auspices of the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS Dresden, an alliance of five partners from science and industry will conduct research in laser processing of transformer sheets over the next three years. The application was approved by the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy at the end of October. The Fraunhofer IWS will lead the technological development as well as take part in systems engineering.

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  • futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing

    Press release (Nr. XXIII) - Fraunhofer IWS / 30.11.2017

    Partners from industry and science met on Nov. 14, 2017 for the kick-off of the Fraunhofer futureAM focus project in Aachen.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Andreas Steindl

    On November 14th, 2017, the Fraunhofer focus project, futureAM, was launched in Aachen under the auspices of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT. Six project partners – the Fraunhofer Institutes ILT, IWS, IWU, IGD and IFAM as well as the LZN Laser Zentrum Nord – have set themselves a clear goal: Over the next three years, they will work closely together to secure the prerequisites for significant technological leaps in additive manufacturing with metallic materials (metal AM).

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