Research partners and networks

Cooperation partner (international)

The main cooperation partners of the Fraunhofer IWS in the United States are the "Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies CCD" at the Michigan State University in East Lansing and the "Fraunhofer USA Center for Laser Applications CLA" in Plymouth, Michigan near Detroit. The Fraunhofer project center in Poland 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.


Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies CCD

The Fraunhofer CCD’s projects address coating and technology solutions that combine expertise in processes, materials, and systems engineering with scientific excellence, quality and project management.


Fraunhofer USA Center for Laser Applications CLA

The center provides a wide range of laser processes, including welding, cutting, drilling, coating, heat treatment, surface marking, and patterning, as well as additive manufacturing.


Fraunhofer Project Center for Laser Integrated Manufacturing (PCW-Polen)

The researchers at the Fraunhofer Project Center in Wrocław are working on new methods and technologies for optical measurements and surface inspections of components that are difficult to refine. Reverse Engineering activities are closely linked with physical objects digitization and 3D computer model creation.

Cooperation partner TU Dresden


Institute of Manufacturing Technology, TU Dresden

At the Institute of Manufacturing Technology, TU Dresden, the basics of the main fields of manufacturing technology are investigated and the corresponding production processes are further developed.


Institute of Materials Science (IfWW), TU Dresden

At the Institute of Materials Science (IfWW) of the TU Dresden, the scientists of the chair of Materials Science research fundamental issues of materials science in connection with applicationoriented solutions.The main research topics arise from areas such as structure-parameter interactions of metallic and intermetallic materials, surface treatment technology, heat treatment and Additive Manufacturing.


Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry

The Chair of Inorganic Chemistry I explores modern inorganic materials from synthesis to characterization and application. Research fields are Energy Materials, Environmental Materials, Light and Surfaces as well as Industrial Inorganic Chemistry.


Faculty of Medicine

Clinic for Neurology

Cooperation partner international universities

Tsinghua University, China

Tsinghua is one of the most renowned universities in China. In teaching, research and innovation, the institution is committed to the progress and well-being of the nation and the world.

Tsinghua currently has 20 schools and 58 departments in Natural Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, Law, Medicine, History, Philosophy, Economics, Management, Education and Arts.

University of Waterloo, Kanada

Waterloo University is a Canadian public research university located in the eponymous city about 100 kilometers west of Toronto. It was founded in 1957.

Currently, the Canadian University has 40,000 full and part-time students, who alternate cumulatively between Bachelor's and Master's programs.

RMIT University, Australia

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the community.

RMIT University is committed to high impact interdisciplinary research which is highly aligned with that of Fraunhofer IWS. The research on additive manufacturing is delivered through the RMIT Centre for Additive Manufacturing, which was established in 2014.  

Cooperations in Dresden


Dresden Innovation Center Energy Efficiency DIZEEFF

Four Fraunhofer institutes and nine institutes of the TU Dresden jointly research in 23 projects to improve the energy efficiency of materials, processes and products.



Excellence of science and culture

The DRESDEN-concept is a research alliance of the TUD together with the strong partnership of the research and culture areas resulting in the ideal way to communicate the excellence of research in Dresden.