Additive Manufacturing and Printing

Symbiosis between coating technology and materials know-how


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.


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.


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)

Strategy project AGENT-3D

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


Press release

Focus project futureAM

Press releases & publications


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, Aug 13, 2020

Green laser melts pure copper

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


Press release, Mar 22, 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, Nov 14, 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, May 17, 2019

Additive machines discover superalloys

Fraunhofer lighthouse project "futureAM" expected to speed up "additive manufacturing" by a factor ten


Press release, May 15, 2018

Improved efficiency of aircraft engines

Winner of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2018


ATHENA aims for the stars with Additive Manufacturing



Save the date!

4th International Symposium Additive Manufacturing (ISAM 2021)

December 7–9, 2021, Dresden


For several years, the Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and the IfWW – the Institute of Materials Science at the TU Dresden – have been cooperating in the field of additive manufacturing and thus have been able to implement numerous application-driven projects. The objective of networking with research and industrial partners is to overcome existing technological limitations and to define and establish the framework conditions for standardization, process reliability, quality assurance and so on. To this end, we have available paste-based methods, state-of-the-art powderand nozzle-based laser and electron beam technologies, CNC and robotic systems, as well as computer-aided methods of process control and analysis.


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.