Production and Supply of Services – Materials and Surfaces

Many key technologies employed in fields such as IT, environmental and power engineering, and transportation and production engineering, would have been unimaginable without the availability of new materials, which have given rise to numerous product innovations.The future belongs to smart materials, which change their properties in response to their environment, and to coatings that improve the performance of materials or endow them with additional functions.

Produktion und Dienstleistung


Programmable materials – Properties on request

Key Strategic Initiatives

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM have come up with a process to fabricate polymers with a specific structural design, which they later intend to apply to metals and ceramics as well. This structural patterning enhances the functionality of conventional materials, in effect creating what scientists call programmable materials. They open the door to a whole new range of applications.

A way out of the chromium ban

With EHLA, metal protection layers can be applied at an extremely high speed.

EHLA developers Thomas Schopphoven, Gerhard Maria Backes and Andres Gasser (from the left).
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EHLA developers Thomas Schopphoven, Gerhard Maria Backes and Andres Gasser (from the left).


To prevent components from becoming corroded or worn, they are often coated using hexavalent chromium. Starting in September of 2017, though, this will only be permitted with exceptions. The extreme high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA) developed by Fraunhofer and RWTH researchers offers an economic alternative for the first time ever.





Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components – MATERIALS

Material research within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft covers the entire value chain.

Fraunhofer Group for Production

The Fraunhofer Group for Production is a cooperative venture, created with the aim of collaborating on production-oriented research and development to offer customers comprehensive single-source solutions.

Research Collaboration for Cultural Heritage Conservation

The alliance unites 15 Fraunhofer Institutes, eight Leibniz research museums, and five major institutions of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

Fraunhofer Alliances