Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM

At seven locations for industry and society

Fraunhofer IFAM is one of the most important independent research institutes in Europe in the fields of "Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces" and "Shaping and Functional Materials".

The focus is on research and development work at all seven institute locations  

with the aim of providing our customers with reliable and application-oriented solutions.

Fraunhofer IFAM



Expansion of offshore wind energy in Europe

The Interreg North Sea project DIOL (Develop Innovative Offshore Logistic) deals with the implementation of the Esbjerg Declaration, which was signed by the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands at the North Sea Summit in Esbjerg on 18.05.2022. Its aim is to turn the North Sea into Europe's "green power plant".


Extension of the durability of rotor blades

Offshore wind turbines are exposed to extreme weather conditions. These lead to damage, e.g. erosion of the coatings on the leading edges of the rotor blades. The MARiLEP joint project aims to achieve a significant improvement in the service life of the leading edge coatings of wind turbines.


Hybrid casting for joining CFRP and aluminum

In the "HyFKAl" project, experts from Fraunhofer IFAM and the Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. are developing an economical hybrid casting process for joining CFRP and aluminum. This involves joining thermoplastic and thermoset CFRP structures with the aluminum partner using the primary forming aluminum die casting process.


Printed batteries

Manufacturing technology for batteries of the future: Fraunhofer IFAM offers alternatives for battery production using the screen printing process. New manufacturing concepts enable higher active material loads and greater freedom in electrode design. On the one hand, completely printed batteries help to overcome the limitations of current production technology and, on the other hand, reduce the use of solvents and subsequent drying processes.

Press Releases


Thrust for Hybrid Electric Flying

Several Fraunhofer Institutes and the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg, under the leadership of Rolls-Royce Germany and other partners such as the research institution ACCESS, are collaborating on the future of hybrid electric flying. Supported by the state of Brandenburg and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, the partners are researching an entirely new propulsion system for medium-range aircraft with up to 35 passengers.
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Clean Sky 2 "MFFD": Ready for robots – Welding thermoplastic aircraft fuselage structures

On November 28, 2023, a stakeholder event with around 100 participants took place in the context of the "Multi Functional Fuselage Demonstrator" ("MFFD") at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in the Research Center CFK NORD in Stade, Germany. With the participation of the European project partners, a comprehensive overview of the current status of the demonstrator was provided. Particular attention was paid to the advanced assembly process using thermoplastic welding techniques as well as the presentation of the pre-integrated thermoplastic upper and lower shells.
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Drones protect wind turbines from ice

Damp, cold conditions are the enemy of wind power. If a layer of ice forms on the rotor blades, this can result in rotational imbalance and, hence, increased wear. In such cases, the turbines often have to be shut down for several days, leading to massive losses for the operators due to the pause in electricity production. Now, for the first time, a Fraunhofer team has succeeded in using drones to protect rotor blades against ice. The new technique has been developed jointly by experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in the project “TURBO — Temporary coating by means of drones.”
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First results of the “SAMSON” fruit-growing digitization project at the Federal Government's Digital Summit 2023 in Jena

On November 20 and 21, 2023, the Federal Government's Digital Summit will take place in Jena, Germany, with the annual focus topic ”Digital Transformation in the Turning Point. Sustainable. Resilient. Future-oriented.” In addition to Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the organizing federal ministers Dr. Robert Habeck (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, BMWK) and Dr. Volker Wissing (Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, BMDV), numerous other federal ministers and high-ranking representatives from business, science, and civil society are expected to attend.
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Coiltech 2024

At Coiltech, Fraunhofer IFAM will present its portfolio on the development, manufacture, and testing of electric drives.
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LOPEC 2024

Fraunhofer IFAM presents smart bearings with integrated temperature sensor technology at LOPEC
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Hannover Messe 2023

Fraunhofer IFAM presents Hydrogen & Fuel Cells as well as Thermal Management at Hannover Messe 2023.
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Fraunhofer Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference 2023

Organized by the Fraunhofer Competence Field Additive Manufacturing, the DDMC is a bi-annual cutting-edge forum for discussion on Additive Manufacturing, including its application in industry and the environmental impact of such new manufacturing technologies.
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