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Cost-efficient solutions for medium-sized businesses –

building on cutting-edge materials and laser technology

Developing solutions by means of laser and materials technology to simplify processes and to reduce costs: That is our drive serving small and medium-sized businesses. Cost efficiency results from new or adapted processes, equipment and systems. Therefore it is necessary to analyze and understand the challenges of the partners and to apply the latest scientific findings. We do not only offer easy-to-integrate custom and one-stop solutions, but also the right sparring partners and profound know-how. Future-proof solutions are the result of close interaction between research, development and practice. You contribute to maintaining or even expanding your company's leading market position in national and international competition.

  • Do you like to invest in growth and find answers to tomorrow's questions today?
  • Do you need support in researching new processes, but either cannot or do not want to invest in research or testing facilities?
  • Do you lack the necessary modern technical equipment in certain areas, or cannot find solutions quickly or cost-effectively enough?

If so, we are here to help. Fraunhofer IWS is equipped with a wide variety of modern technical equipment and systems to develop precisely tailored processes that optimize cutting, welding, measuring or additive manufacturing processes to meet your requirements. We combine profound material and process know-how with laser and materials technology as well as suitable system technology. The particular added value is provided by our scientists with their expert know-how and their ability to successfully meet even complex challenges with new and proven research and development methods. We will be happy to discuss how we jointly can find solutions to your challenges in a personal meeting.

Reference projects

Additively manufactured lightweight components for aerospace industry

Before (gray) vs. after (blue): The additively manufactured component provides a topology-optimized design with improved product properties and a significantly reduced weight.
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Before (gray) vs. after (blue): The additively manufactured component provides a topology-optimized design with improved product properties and a significantly reduced weight.

Additive manufacturing processes offer significant potential for lightweight and load-optimized components made of advanced materials. Together with INVENT GmbH, we analyzed the application possibilities of topology-optimized additively manufactured metal joint elements. Using the example of a real component for aerospace applications, we developed a new component design and qualified it for manufacturing using additive laser powder bed technology.

As a result, we fabricated a design-optimized, additively manufactured component with higher stiffness and lower weight. Under representative and application-oriented test conditions, we demonstrated with the developed optimizations the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) "near flight qualified". Despite the high technical demands, the research partners solved the task quickly and with high precision. Fraunhofer IWS's many years of experience and its modern equipment in the field of additive manufacturing, covering the entire process chain, contributed to this success.

Organic photovoltaics: precisely cutting thin films with lasers

Laser-processed functional sample of an ultra-thin organic solar module.
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Laser-processed functional sample of an ultra-thin organic solar module.

More cost-efficient organic photovoltaics (OPV) with ultrashort light pulses – thanks to a precisely adapted laser process, our researchers have succeeded in cutting OPV stacked layers with micrometer precision for a medium-sized solar film producer. To this end, we have defined the appropriate process. A picosecond laser divides the photoactive as well as the supporting electrode material of the layer stacks according to the current path to enable the cell to be electrically interconnected.

The challenge: The integrated barrier layer must remain intact. Instead of glass, the barrier layer protects the solar cells from environmental influences. This selective process is the prerequisite for advancing the development of organic photovoltaics. In this way, it saves weight compared to crystalline solar cells and can generate energy both in mobile form and on freely formed surfaces.

Solutions of Fraunhofer IWS

 

Material and process innovations

 

Industry-compatible one-stop solutions

 

Easy-to-integrate custom solutions

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