Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM

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Metallic Materials

Core Competence Metallic Materials includes powder metallurgy, casting technology and additional technologies, e.g. computer simulation and analytics.

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Polymeric Materials

Our expertise in the area of polymeric materials includes the development of polymers, the processing of reactive systems, analytical methods, the development of polymers based on sustainable raw materials, and material characterization.

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Surface Technology

Our expertise covers the whole process chain of surface technology from materials‘ development to the characterization and evaluation of surfaces, their functionalization and modification, and on to various application methods.

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Adhesive Bonding

This core competence involves the development and characterization of adhesives, the design and simulation of bonded and hybrid joints, as well as the characterization, testing, and qualification of such joints.

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Shaping and Functionalization

Core Competence Shaping and Functionalization focuses on individual manufacturing steps and integration of additional functions in the end product.

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Electromobility

Core Competence Electromobility includes the research areas of batteries, drive technology, coatings, conduction and insulation, casting and energy systems.

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Automation and Digitalization

Core Competence Automation l Digitalization includes solutions for joining, sealing, coating, printing, metal casting, machining & related quality assurance

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The Fraunhofer IFAM is one of the most important research institutions in Europe for adhesive bonding technology, surfaces, shaping and functional materials. At our institute’s five locations – Bremen, Dresden, Oldenburg, Stade and Wolfsburg – we put our central principles into practice: scientific excellence, a focus on the application of technology, measurable utility for customers and ensuring the highest quality.

Our more than 600 employees, working in 20 departments, combine their broad technological and scientific knowledge and expertise into core competencies: Metallic Materials; Polymeric Materials; Surface Technology; Adhesive Bonding Technology; Shaping and Functionalization; Electromobility; and Automatization and Digitalization. These core competencies - both individually and in combination with each other – are not only the basis of our strong position in the research market but also of future-forward developments that will be useful for society.

Most of the products, processes, and technologies we develop are for sectors where sustainability is particularly important, namely for the aviation industry, automotive sector, energy technologies, medical technology and life sciences, maritime technologies. The solutions developed at Fraunhofer IFAM are, however, also used in various other branches of industry including machinery and plant construction, electronics and electrical engineering, shipbuilding, rail vehicle manufacture, the packaging industry, and the construction sector.

News

 

SMM 2018: Hull coatings, radar, and robots – Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft to present maritime research highlights at SMM in Hamburg

Biomimetic hull coatings, radar detection of shipwreck victims, innovative
robots with intelligent sensor guidance for shipbuilding – just a few of the
many developments that Fraunhofer scientists will be presenting at the Fraunhofer
joint booth in Hall B6, Booth 319.

 

New kinematics for milling – customized, high-precision manufacturing

Manufacturers generally must offer high-quality products at low prices in order to remain competitive. Three Fraunhofer Institutes are therefore working on the next generation of industrial robots which will facilitate cost-effective production processes.  

 

Hannover Messe 2018: Mobile industrial robot - All-purpose talent in aircraft manufacturing

In aircraft manufacturing, much of the milling, drilling and assembly is still done by hand. This is because the raw  components vary not only in size and design, but also in shape accuracy. Small differences are unavoidable in  extremely lightweight and elastic materials, which poses a challenge for automated processing. Working with an  industrial consortium, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a mobile robot that is able to handle these high requirements – the only robot in the world with this capability.

 

IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2018: Best Institute/Academic R&D Award – Fraunhofer IFAM

At the 14th IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe conference and exhibition, three companies were honored for their great achievements in developing and commercializing printed electronics technologies. The judges of the awards were Dr Natasha Conway, Manager - Technology Networking and R&D at Beko and Dr Alexander Mityashin, Program Manager Thin Film Electronics, IMEC.

Current Publications

 

Profile of Fraunhofer IFAM

 

Annual Report 2017/2018