Technologies and competencies

Materials and Lasers – Competence with a System

Fraunhofer IWS develops complex system solutions in materials and laser technology. Inspired by the idea of directly transferring latest research results into industrial applications, we work with great dedication to find answers to your questions. Our technology fields are the driving link between research and industry. The bandwidth of our technologies allows us to develop system solutions along the process chain from materials to system technology and digitalization in the interest of our partners.


PVD and Nanotechnology

Unique surfaces with promising properties for industry: The focus is on the development of processes and system technologies for the fabrication of thin films based on physical deposition processes.


Battery Technology

In the technology field, new concepts are being developed for the entire process chain of battery development as well as customized solutions for gas and particle filtration.


Additive Manufacturing and Surface Technology

The technology field focuses on novel materials and surfaces: from the structure of the materials, to process and system technology development, to the refinement of the components and digital integration.


Cutting and Joining

Laser material processing with the latest laser sources and system technology: The focus is on joining, ablative, cutting processes as well as surface and material modifications.


Materials Characterization and Testing

This competence field deals with the properties of materials and coating systems and how they are influenced by modern manufacturing and processing procedures. 


Optical Metrology

Researchers at the Zwickau site are developing novel concepts for optical metrology, surface characterization, image processing and process control.