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  • “CleanRemote” protects work environment against hazardous micro dust / 2019

    Clean lungs thanks to laser process exhaustion

    Press release (No. 9) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 18.6.2019

    The Multi Remote System (MuReA) by Fraunhofer IWS welds, cuts and structures components on a large scale and productively with high-power lasers. The resulting particles and emissions are safely extracted. CO2 snow blasting automatically cleans the machined surfaces directly after the laser process.
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    In sectors such as the automotive industry, components can be processed at extremely high speed using the laser remote process. However, this can result in harmful emissions which may cause lung damage. Scientists from the Dresden Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS have studied the issue as part of the IGF research project “CleanRemote”. They reduce particles and gases in the air by means of a suction device.

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  • Dresden dry electrode coating technology allows environmentally friendly battery cell production / 2019

    Economical energy storage for the electric car of tomorrow

    Press release (No. 8) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 3.6.2019

    This is what the electrodes coated with the new dry transfer coating technology look like. Fraunhofer IWS process enables battery electrodes to be produced on a pilot scale without using toxic solvents.
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    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed a new production process with the aim of efficient and environmentally friendly future battery production. They coat the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. This simplified process saves energy and eliminates toxic solvents. A Finnish company is currently successfully testing the new IWS technology in practice.

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  • "remoweld®FLEX" technology by Fraunhofer IWS makes nonweldable materials weldable / 2019

    Waterproof thanks to rapid lasers

    Press release (No. 7) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 27.5.2019

    The Fraunhofer IWS technology known as "remoweld®FLEX" is suitable for particularly demanding processes, especially for components to be sealed media-tight against water and other undesirable environmental influences.
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    Fraunhofer engineers from Dresden have developed a new laser welding process employing a fast oscillating laser beam. This technology, known as "remoweld®FLEX", is suitable for particularly demanding processes – especially for components to be sealed media-tight against water and other undesirable environmental influences. These include housings for electrical and electronic components, heat exchangers and coolings, which have previously been regarded as hardly weldable and often consist of die-cast aluminum. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS and Maschinenfabrik Arnold from Ravensburg were both involved in the research development.

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  • Fraunhofer lighthouse project "futureAM" expected to speed up "additive manufacturing" by a factor ten / 2019

    Additive machines discover superalloys

    Press release (No. 6) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 17.5.2019

    By means of laser powder build-up welding, components made of different materials can be integrally manufactured. Thus, specific materials can be placed exactly where their properties are required. This offers, for example, the prospect of lighter, better and cost-reduced blades for gas turbines.
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    Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed innovative methods enabling more materials to be processed in additive manufacturing than ever before. For example, additive manufacturing systems could facilitate better future aircraft engines with lower fuel consumption. However, engineers must first improve the current industrial 3D printers in such a way that these machines can also process very strong and extremely heat-resistant alloys. Here, the Dresden researchers rely on their profound experience with laser powder buildup welding technologies and employ artificial intelligence (AI). They contribute their profound materials expertise to the Fraunhofer joint project "futureAM". The aim of the partners is to speed up additive manufacturing systems for metal components by a factor ten and also to manage superalloys.

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  • Fraunhofer IWS is developing innovative solutions for current challenges of lithium metal anodes / 2019

    Key component for batteries of the future

    Press release (No. 5) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 3.4.2019

    Lithium coating on copper foil created by IWS melt deposition: The process already permits producing prototype cells with lithium anode layers of 5 to 30 micrometers in thickness.
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    Fraunhofer IWS scientists headed by Dr. Holger Althues have developed an innovative process for the cost-efficient production of thin lithium anodes made of molten lithium. In the BMBF-funded “MaLiBa” project, the Dresden Institute is working with the companies hpulcas and SGS as well as with scientists led by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Janek of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen to solve further crucial issues relating to this concept. The most important innovation consists in realizing an anode compound. This contains a few micrometers thick nickel foil with lithium film stabilized by means of protective layers.

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  • Materials expert from Dresden appointed “Adjunct Professor” in Melbourne / 2019

    International award for Christoph Leyens

    Press release (No. 4) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 7.3.2019

    Der Dresdner Werkstoffexperte Christoph Leyens wurde von der renommierten RMIT University in Melbourne, Australien, zum »Adjunct Professor« ernannt.
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    Dresden materials expert Christoph Leyens has been appointed Adjunct Professor by the renowned RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Leyens is head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS and director of the Institute for Materials Science at Dresden University of Technology.

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  • Joint research project "Prometheus" further develops surface technology for lower CO2 emissions / 2019

    Economical engines due to less friction

    Press release (No. 3) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 4.3.2019

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    Together with the automotive industry, researchers at the Fraunhofer IWS have been working to develop processes for friction-reducing surfaces of engine components over the past few years. Now, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced even further by enhancing surface technology. The Dresden Institute is researching in this direction with various partners in the joint project "Prometheus".

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2019 / 2019

    Joining gun bonds metal and plastic within seconds

    Presse release (No. 2) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 24.1.2019

    The joining gun presses metal to plastics and simultaneously heats the area by induction.
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    Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed a joining gun that creates a connection between metal and thermoplastic materials within seconds. This gun is of a modular design and can easily be integrated into the production process, for example by mounting on a robot arm in place of a spot welding gun. At the preview leading up to the Hanover Trade Fair on January 24, 2019 on the trade fair grounds in Hall 19, scientist Annett Klotzbach will be demonstrating the advantages of the joining gun.

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  • Tribology: Design Rules for Extremely Low Coefficients of Friction / 2019

    Elucidating the Atomic Mechanism of Superlubricity

    Press release (No. 1) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 11.1.2019

    Oleic acid (colored) forms chemical bonds with both ta-C surfaces (black). Movement causes the oleic acid to pull, a hydroxyl group splits off and superlubricity is formed.
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    The phenomenon of so-called superlubricity is known, but so far the explanation at the atomic level has been missing: for example, how does extremely low friction occur in bearings? Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institutes IWM and IWS jointly deciphered a universal mechanism of superlubricity for certain diamond-like carbon layers in combination with organic lubricants. Based on this knowledge, it is now possible to formulate design rules for supra lubricating layer-lubricant combinations. The results are presented in an article in Nature Communications, volume 10.

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  • EARTO Award for Microsystem of the Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 2018

    Less animal experiments on the horizon: Multi-organ chip awarded

    Press release (Nr. 13) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 17.10.2018

    Auf dem Multiorgan-Chip simulieren mehrere technische Komponenten das Zusammenspiel von Blutkreislauf und Organen im menschlichen Körper. Dazu gehören eine Pumpe (1), eine Speicherkammer für Blut und Wirkstoff (2), Kammern für Organe und Gewebe (3) sowie Ventile (4), die den unterschiedlich starken Blutzufluss zu verschiedenen Organen nachbilden.
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    Dresden Fraunhofer engineers have developed a so-called "multi-organ chip". This microsystem from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden, which has now received an "EARTO Innovation Award" in Brussels, simulates the blood circulation and the organs of animals or humans.

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