Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM

At six 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 six institute locations  

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

Fraunhofer IFAM



Mobile robotics in quality assurance

How can drones and other mobile robotics be used for inspection, maintenance and repairs? Whether it's inspecting the facade of a 20-story (high-rise) building/skyscraper or repairing a wind turbine blade –humans simply aren't made for some quality assurance tasks. In some cases, drones can take over this dangerous job from humans.


New biobased and biodegradable materials

It is impossible to imagine our world without plastics. Nevertheless, products made from plastics must be designed sustainably. One way of achieving more environmentally compatible products is the use of new biobased or biodegradable materials. Fraunhofer IFAM researches the potential of new materials for plastics manufacturing and processing companies.


Solid-state batteries for electric mobility

Solid-state batteries are an important building block for the electrification of mobility: They are safer and enable higher range and shorter charging times than conventional Li-Ion batteries. New cell concepts allow even higher energy densities. Fraunhofer IFAM is developing polymer and sulfide-based solid-state batteries for various electric mobility application areas. 


How to avoid galvanic corrosion?

Galvanic corrosion, also called bimetallic corrosion or dissimilar metal corrosion is not a new phenomenon: Even in ancient times, it was found that copper nails used to fasten lead sheets to ship hulls corroded more quickly. Although this phenomenon has been known for centuries, this form of corrosion continues to cause damage and accidents. The experts at Fraunhofer IFAM can support in risk assessment and the selection of protection methods.

Press Releases


On behalf of research: Unmanned aerial vehicle records meteorological measurement data for offshore wind energy

One pillar for the energy transition is offshore wind energy. When wind farms are erected, they influence the wind currents over the sea. For this purpose, meteorological measurement data were collected to investigate changes as well as effects of further wind farm expansion. An application example where the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle provides valuable insights. What sounds simple involves a great deal of expertise, as each flight requires extensive approval procedures to ensure a high level of safety. With the Test Center for Maritime Technologies on Heligoland and vast flight experience, Fraunhofer IFAM closes this service gap for research and industry.
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Prof. Thomas Weißgärber appointed as institute direc-tor of Fraunhofer IFAM

Effective April 1, 2022, Prof. Thomas Weißgärber has been appointed as new director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Ad-vanced Materials IFAM, including the Dresden site. Since April 1, he also holds the professorship of Powder Metallurgy at the Institute of Materials Science of the Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the Technische Universität Dresden.
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Process integrated component marking: point by point to better traceability

Companies need better transparency in their supply chain to ensure optimum quality and to react more quickly to events such as product counterfeiting. Leibniz Institute IPF, Fraunhofer IFAM, and the SKZ Plastics Center have thus set up the PICtor project to research a sustainable solution for individual and robust component marking at the single part level.
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Disinfected with light: self-cleaning surfaces protect against the transmission of bacteria and viruses

In times of high risk of infection, effective protective measures are needed. Avoiding transmission routes via contaminated surfaces is an important part. It is known that photocatalytically active coatings reduce the microbial load. In order to increase the efficiency of this light-driven reaction, a novel active composition was developed and introduced into materials within the "Covid-DEKONT" project.
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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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Additive Manufacturing Forum Berlin 2022

The Additive Manufacturing Forum has evolved into Europe's leading conference on Additive Manufacturing. Join us at our booth with the latest AM developments.
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Hannover Messe 2020

Every year at HANNOVER MESSE, the international hydrogen community meets to discuss new opportunities and applications. With more than 200 exhibitors, it is the leading trade fair for hydrogen and fuel cells. Applications for industry as well as for mobility are discussed.
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