In Dresden, the IWS strongly cooperates with the Chair of Laser and Surface Technology of the University of Technology Dresden (faculty Mechanical Engineering, Institute for Surface and Manufacturing).
The Fraunhofer IWS application center for optical metrology and surface technologies bridges the gap between regional economy and new research approaches in the fields of optical metrology, machine vision and bio-photonics.
The Fraunhofer IWS is a partner at the Dortmunder OberflächenCentrum DOC and has a project group operating on site. This group develops coating processes based on PVD, PACVD and spraying techniques as well as focuses on laser materials processing.
The Fraunhofer project center was established in 2008. It works actively on establishing the Fraunhofer model in the Polish research market. The partnership with the Technical University in Wrocław represents the first Fraunhofer cooperation in Poland.
The US market is one of the most important international benchmarks and innovation driving forces for applied research and development. The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden concentrates its USA activities within the "Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies" (CCD) in East Lansing and the "Center for Laser Applications" (CLA) in Plymouth, Michigan.