Technologies and competencies

The Fraunhofer IWS 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

Within the technology field PVD coating- and nanotechnology, the Fraunhofer IWS develops and researches processes to fabricate various coatings and coating systems, which are based on physical deposition processes.


Chemical Surface Technology

Fraunhofer IWS is developing processes, equipment and analytical tools for chemical coating and plasma functionalization of surfaces for battery, solar thermal technology and diverse functional coatings.

Additive Manufacturing and Surface Technology

The technology field combines extensive knowledge for the use of novel materials and surfaces. From the expansion of the materials' range, through process and system technology development, to the finishing of components and digitization, all aspects of the respective challenge are considered.


Cutting and Joining

Profound expert knowledge on laser material processing for today's industry provides the technology field Cutting and Joining. Fraunhofer IWS houses laboratories with state of the art equipment and all common laser sources.


Materials Characterization and Testing

The offer includes the determination of mechanical parameters of materials and material composites, the establishment of characteristic curves to evaluate the fatigue strength in particular with timesaving high frequency testing and the high resolution imaging and analytic characterization of laser modified surfaces, joining interfaces, thin film systems, nanotubes and nanoparticles.


Optical Metrology and Surface Technologies

The range of services includes characterization of almost all surface properties as well as the development and testing of industrial-suited optical measurement methods for the medical technology, automotive technology, mechanical engineering and the semiconductor industry.