Research partners and networks

Cooperation partner (international)

The main cooperation partners of the Fraunhofer IWS in the United States is the "Fraunhofer USA Center Midwest CMW" with the division "Coatings and Diamond Technologies" at the Michigan State University in East Lansing and the division "Laser Applications" in Plymouth, Michigan near Detroit.


Fraunhofer USA Center Midwest CMW

Coatings and Diamond Technologies Division

The 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 Midwest CMW

Laser Applications Division

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

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



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.

Projects and cooperations within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft


Lighthouse projects

With its lighthouse projects, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft sets strategic priorities in pre-competitive research. By pooling their expertise and involving industrial partners at an early stage, the Fraunhofer Institutes involved in the projects aim to turn original scientific ideas into marketable products as quickly as possible.


Thematic networks

Institutes or departments of institutes organize themselves in thematic networks with concentration on a scientific-technological research topic.


High-Performance Center »Smart Production and Materials«

The performance center organizes the close cooperation of university and non-university research with industry and aims to promote knowledge and technology transfer, especially in SMEs. Strategically relevant research focal points are focused with players in production, materials and lightweight construction research as well as electronics technology. 


High-Performance Center ”Additive Technologies for Medicine and Health” (ATeM)

The German-Polish Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft High-Performance Center is researching new technologies for the use of 3D printing processes, known as additive manufacturing technology, in medical technology. 


Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

The Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces combines six Fraunhofer institutes that cooperate in the fields of lasers, optics, metrology and coating technology. 

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Fraunhofer autoMOBILE Production Alliance

Alliances are instruments that Fraunhofer uses to address industries that are key to Germany’s and Europe’s power of innovation.  As a partner of automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, equipment suppliers and service providers, the Fraunhofer autoMOBILE Production Alliance has been supporting research and development for the optimization of production processes since 2010.


Fraunhofer Battery Alliance

The Battery Alliance is concerned with both primary and secondary (rechargeable) systems, from small-scale applications such as button cells to large stationary systems such as redox-flow batteries.


Fraunhofer Space Alliance

In the Fraunhofer Space Alliance, the institutes pool their technological expertise in order to provide the industry and funding agencies such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission with a central contact.


Cultural Heritage Research Alliance

The 15 Fraunhofer institutes, 8 Leibniz research museums and 5 main institutions of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation united in the alliance strive for a lively exchange of experience. In particular, the development of innovative restoration and conservation techniques is to be advanced within the framework of joint research projects.