Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM

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Powder Technology

Our expertise here extends from the powder to the product on all matters concerning the materials, shaping, pocess reliability, as well as special requirements.

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Sintered, Composite, and Cellular Metallic Materials

The development of materials with customized properties and combinations of properties and efficient manufacturing technologies are key activities.

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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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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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Casting Technology

Fraunhofer IFAM supports industrial customers in the area of casting technology, from the initial idea to the final product. A variety of casting processes and materials are available for specific tasks.

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Electrical Components and Systems

Fraunhofer IFAM adopts a system research approach in this area, whereby individual technologies and components are always considered and developed in relation to the whole system, for example an electric car.

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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 23 departments, combine their broad technological and scientific knowledge and expertise into seven core competencies: Powder Technology; Sintered, Composite, and Cellular Metallic Materials; Adhesive Bonding Technology; Surface Technology; Casting Technology; Electrical Components and Systems; and Fiber Reinforced Plastics. 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 and environment, 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.



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.


FlexPLAS® release film – release agent free manufacture of FRP components in complex hot press molds

At the JEC 2018 fair in Paris (6-8 March) the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM will present for the first time the use of flexible FlexPLAS® release film in complex hot press molds. You are invited to visit us on the communal stand of CFK Valley in Hall 5 A, Stand E 58.

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Profile of Fraunhofer IFAM


Annual Report 2017/2018