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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Answers for tomorrow

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft celebrates its anniversary: 70 years of applied research.

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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 six locations – Bremen, Dresden, Oldenburg, Stade, Wolfsburg and Braunschweig as well as at the Test Center for Maritime Technologies on Helgoland – 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 680 employees, working in over 20 departments and numerous working groups 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

 

SAE International in the USA awards the Wright Brothers Medal to Fraunhofer IFAM researchers

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Möller from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Stade has been presented with the Wright Brothers Medal 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

 

Versatile and inexpensive: Alternative powders developed for the additive manufacturing of steels

At  Fraunhofer IFAM in Dresden, a new type of iron powder has been successfully processed and tested, which answers one of the cost questions in additive manufacturing and opens up new possibilities.

 

Release agent-free: ReleasePLAS® technology replaces silicone coating in wax injection molding

The wax injection molding process is used to produce models for investment casting quickly and easily. For a non-destructive demolding of the wax parts, silicone-based release agents have had to be used until now, which come along with considerable disadvantages for man and product. In an AiF-funded project, developers at Fraunhofer IFAM have succeeded in developing a release agent-free release layer system that provides a sustainable permanent coating on the tool. The so-called ReleasePLAS® technology offers both technical and economic advantages and will be presented at GIFA 2019 (Hall 13, Booth  
A34).

 

Shark skin varnish increases the electricity yield of wind turbines

Within the EU project "Riblet4Wind", a team of seven project partners faced the challenge of making the aerodynamics of wind turbines more efficient. One approach was to reduce air resistance. In aircraft construction, it was shown that the functional coating developed at Fraunhofer IFAM with microscopically small grooves – called riblet paint – reduces air resistance and saves fuel.

 

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