Press releases and News



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



Additively manufactured rocket engine features an aerospike nozzle for microlaunchers

Microlaunchers are an alternative to conventional launch vehicles. Able to carry payloads of up to 350 kilograms, these midsized transport systems are designed to launch small satellites into space. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden and TU Dresden’s aerospace experts developed an additively manufactured rocket engine with an aerospike nozzle for microlaunchers.



Innovations in hybrid manufacturing for aerospace

Hybrid manufacturing describes the combination of different manufacturing processes in order to implement targeted use of their advantages. Therefore, Fraunhofer IWS particularly focuses on combinations with additive manufacturing processes. Hybridization is used wherever – locally and geometrically limited – materials with optimized properties are required: for example, medical technology, automotive and plant engineering, and aerospace.



Sintering and debinding in one plant

The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS expands its equipment portfolio to advance its competencies in the research field of additive manufacturing. In addition to a binder jetter, a new cold-wall furnace has been added, allowing the two post-processing steps debinding and sintering to be carried out in one system. Along with the binder jetter, the Dresden institute now maps the complete manufacturing and machining process of components and makes it available to interested users as well as researchers who are involved in this additive manufacturing process.



Fraunhofer IWS and RMIT University are starting partnership in Additive Manufacturing

The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS enters into cooperation with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne to support the modernization of the Australian economy. The partners are aiming to highlight new potentials in digital Additive Manufacturing (AM) for the Australian economy and open the way to Industry 4.0. The mutual exchange of scientific expertise creates a "win-win situation" to drive global developments towards intelligent industrial processes.



Green laser melts pure copper

Creating sophisticatedly shaped plastic parts with the 3D printer is no longer an art process, but an everyday technology. This is quite different with pure copper: Until now, it has not been possible to completely melt the metal to create complex components layer by layer using infrared lasers. As a result, the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden is now using a novel additive manufacturing system, which processes the metal almost defect-free with a short-wave green laser. It enables new production approaches which previously could not be realized with pure copper. Thus, complex components made of pure copper and copper alloys can be realized for aerospace and automotive industry and the efficiency of electric motors and heat exchangers can be increased.



Hot patterns in cold space

Building satellites and spaceships is anything but cheap. One reason is the fact that cosmic technology must be designed far more fail-safe than on earth. In space, even minimal problems such as an iced battery can lead to dramatic consequences. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden has therefore now developed special reliable thin ceramic-silver heaters for Airbus. These can be continuously and automatically printed onto tubes and other highly complex-shaped components.


About ISAM 2019

From 29 to 31 January 2019, Fraunhofer IWS is hosting for the third time the International Symposium Additive Manufacturing (ISAM 2019) in Dresden. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is becoming increasingly important for industrial applications. Fascinating engineering solutions paired with exciting economic benefits are strong drivers for R&D efforts worldwide. The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden is a proud pacemaker for industrial solutions through additive manufacturing. The third International Symposium Additive Manufacturing (ISAM 2019) brings together the world's leading experts, end-users and newcomers and offers a platform for scientific and technical exchange on various aspects of additive manufacturing.