Process Engineering

This special field revolves around processes for modifying material properties (milling, cooling), composition (filtration, distillation) and type (oxidation, hydration).

Valuable information is available on a broad range of technologies including material separation, laser processes, measuring techniques and robot engineering in addition to testing methods and coating and materials analysis processes.

Harder 3D-printed tools – Researchers from Dresden introduce new process for hardmetal industry

Additive manufacturing enables complex geometries, but has been limited in terms of hardness and component size so far. Researchers at the Fraunhofer IKTS in…

Flying High with VCSEL Heating

In just three years, formnext has established itself as the industry meeting place to get the latest on additive manufacturing (AM) processes. With 470…

New technology for ultra-smooth polymer films

Smooth surfaces with low defect densities are of great importance for many application areas, be they decoratively coated vehicle bodies, high-gloss and…

Diamond watch components

Diamond is very hard and elastic, a very good thermal conductor and highly transparent, which makes it ideal for many mechanical and optical applications. But…

Coating free-form surfaces on large optical components

Light plays an important role in more and more economic sectors and markets – including in data transmission, communication, energy generation, laser…

Quick and safe laser joining of steel-aluminum mixed connections

Robust and lightweight steel-aluminum composite components are ideal for reducing vehicle weight and can help reducing pollutant emissions. In order to…

A new method measures the immune cell response within minutes

To fight pathogens or tumors, the body relies on various types of lymphocytes, including T cells, which recognize specific structures (antigenic peptides) on…

Innovative process for environmentally friendly manure treatment comes onto the market

Around 200 million cubic meters of liquid manure from livestock farming end up in fields and meadows in Germany every year. More than 90 percent of the “black…

No compromises: Combining the benefits of 3D printing and casting

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, already presents a wide range of advantages for industry. IPA expert Jonas Fischer explains: »You enter the…

Intelligent wheelchairs, predictive prostheses

If you use a wheelchair or have a prosthetic leg, small obstacles can become insurmountable barriers. Now, researchers at Fraunhofer IPA have developed a way…

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