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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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  • Project meeting to the topic "Thin, Organic and Large Area Electronics" (TOLAE) at Fraunhofer IWS / 2017

    Scientists presented ten TOLAE projects in Dresden

    Press release (Nr. XX) - Fraunhofer IWS / 27.10.2017

    Roll-to roll: innovative and efficient procedure for the fabrication of solar foils.
    © Heliatek / Baldauf & Baldauf

    At the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS, ten representatives of EU projects dealing with the subject "Thin, Organic and Large Area Electronics" (TOLAE) met for discussion. During the workshop, held from October 24 to 25, 2017, they presented their interim research results. The European Commission supports these projects as part of the Horizon 2020 program.

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  • Fraunhofer IWS Dresden optimized cladding process at Dutch Bosch Rexroth factory location / 2017

    Super-efficient – High-performance laser coated hydraulic cylinder rods

    Press release (Nr. XIX) - Fraunhofer IWS / 10.10.2017

    Inaugurated the modified system: Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Bodenstedt (l.) and Prof. Dr. Eckhard Beyer (3. f. l.) with Holger Hillig (2. f. l.), Jan Hannweber (4. f. l., both Fraunhofer IWS), Rene Weidauer (LSA, 5. f. l.) as well as Uvar Broug, Arthur Brussaard and Roy Orbon (Bosch Rexroth, f. l.).
    © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    A higher laser beam cladding performance benefits Bosch Rexroth at the Dutch location Boxtel. The Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS Dresden mutually optimized an industrial manufacturing process with the producer of drive and control engineering. For this purpose the IWS scientists upgraded an existing plasma powder welding machine. This way, large hydraulic cylinder rods can be coated considerably faster. Prof. Dr. Eckhard Beyer, managing director of Fraunhofer IWS, and Bernd Bodenstedt, Technical Plant Manager, Bosch Rexroth Boxtel, officially inaugurated the process.

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