New technologies for the joining


Bonding and composite technology

We develop technologies and system technology components required for the fabrication of material- as well as material- and form-fitting joints of metal, plastic, glass and ceramics. In addition to bonding technology, thermally induced direct joining processes in particular are being further developed, enabling the rapid and reliable joining of thermoplastic materials with metals and non-metals.


Welding of hard-to-weld materials

The integration of laser beam welding with short-term heat treatment and adapted filler materials provides a new approach to crack free welding of tough materials such as hardenable and high strength steels, cast iron, aluminum and special alloys as well as parts of high stiffness.

Special joining technologies

Expanding welding limits - new ideas to overcome challenges of modern materials and material combinations! The primary focus is on friction stir welding, laser beam soldering, laser induction roll plating, and electromagnetic pulse welding. The offer includes process development, prototype welding and systems development.

Component design

The designs we have developed for our partners are suitably strong and efficient to manufacture. With the help of finite element simulations for the design of structural components, we are especially able to take into account the specific changes to the materials due to the different processing steps.


Dresden represents a unique cluster of know-how in the field of joining and welding. The Fraunhofer IWS, the Institute of Manufacturing Technology of the TU Dresden and the University of Applied Sciences have been conducting research on this topic for many years. Besides thermal procedures like laser beam welding, electron beam welding and arc welding, joining processes such as friction stir welding, magnetic pulse welding, mechanical joining, adhesive bonding and hybrid technologies are of particular interest. This brochure provides an overview of available joining technologies and applications and offers service for component design, process monitoring, sensor technology and optical measuring techniques. Our goal is to further expand and to bundle the existing expertise in this field.


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.


Chair of Joining Technology, HTW Dresden

At the University of Applied Sciences Dresden a wide range of joining technologies are available for research and process development. Besides conventional arc and pressure based joining, research work focusses on high-power electron-beam technologies for thermal and non-thermal processes.