The technology field Additive Manufacturing and Surface Technology combines extensive knowledge for the use of 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. One topic is thermal surface technology. This involves state-of-the-art process and system technology for laser-assisted coating and build-up processes.
Other focal points are thermal spraying, laser roll and direct plating, and heat treatment with a focus on high-precision surface hardening processes. Further research activities involve the generation and printing of components. Additive manufacturing is used to create novel, reliable components with new functionalities. The researchers also use their know-how in the field of micro- and biosystems technology to model and miniaturize the circuits of physiological systems.