Additive Manufacturing and Surface Technologies

Additive Manufacturing


Additive Manufacturing

For the flexible and efficient manufacturing of customized products the IWS offers generative manufacturing procedures with which modern metal and non-metal materials can be processed into functional components and structures. The unique feature of our manufacturing approach is the variety of scales and materials which enables users of the most different sectors to benefit from our tailored solutions.

Powder bed processing and printing

The main focus of our work is the development of additive manufacturing technologies based on inks and pastes. In addition to aerosol and dispenser based printing we focus our attention on the large-area film deposition at atmospheric pressure.

Heat Treatment and Plating


Heat treatment systems and mechanical and thermal processes

Laser procedures offer novel solutions for the generating of wear-resistant surfaces. This is especially true for such cases, in which standard hardening technologies fail to work.

Thermal Coating


Laser cladding and system technology

The Fraunhofer IWS provides laser cladding as well as hybrid technologies, employing laser, plasma and induction processes, to repair and to coat components and tools. The manufacturing of thick coatings and 3 D structures, made of metal, hard metal and ceramics is supported by CAD/CAN, monitoring and finishing processes.

Thermal spraying

The atmospheric plasma spray (APS) as well as flame spray processes are available at IWS for the coating of components made of steel, light metals or other materials with metals, hardmetals and ceramics.

Biosystems Engineering


Micro- and biosystems engineering

Targeted applications are the miniaturization of functional elements in biosystems and medical devices. Examples include the fabrication of 3D structures of sub-millimeter dimensions and for their application in biosensor and cell structure technology. Furthermore they include the development of all related measurement and control devices as well as the software integration.


Image Processing and Data Management

“Big Data” means amounts of data (image or alphanumerical data), which are too huge or complex or which may quickly change, so that they cannot be analyzed with classic data processing methods. Classic visual image processing software, relational databases as well as statistics and visualization software are often incapable to process such large amounts of data.



Additive Manufacturing Center Dresden (AMCD)


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. 


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. 


Strategy project AGENT-3D

Additive manufacturing – The 3D revolution for product manufacturing in the digital age


Focus project futureAM

Next Generation Additive Manufacturing

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has created futureAM to systematically and continuously develop the additive manufacturing (AM) of metallic components. For this purpose, six institutes have entered into a strategic project partnership.

Video: Hardening, protecting and repairing – processes and system technology for laser beam hardening and laser cladding

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Video: Tailored solutions in thermal surface technologies (YouTube)

Flexibility – in the choice of tool, the process and the component geometry: Fraunhofer IWS system technology offers precisely these features.

Press and Media


Press release / 28.6.2021

When the hip joint comes out of the printer

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's German-Polish High-Performance Center brings additive manufacturing to medical technology – first demonstrators will already be presented by the end of 2021


Press release / 22.3.2021

Additively manufactured rocket engine features an aerospike nozzle for microlaunchers

Researchers at the Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden and TU Dresden’s aerospace experts developed an additively manufactured rocket engine with an aerospike nozzle for microlaunchers.


Press release / 13.8.2020

Green laser melts pure copper

Fraunhofer IWS applies innovative laser melting system for complex copper components for the first time


Press release / 14.11.2019

Fine-tuning for additive production

“COAXshield” and “LIsec”: Fraunhofer IWS presents shielding gas nozzle and light scanner for laser powder build-up welding at “formnext” trade fair


Press release / 17.10.2018

Less animal experiments on the horizon: Multi-organ chip awarded

EARTO Award for Microsystem of the Fraunhofer IWS Dresden



Review: Online-Symposium


December 7–9, 2021, Online