The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden stands for innovations in laser and surface technology. As an institute of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., IWS offers one-stop solutions ranging from the development of new processes to implementation into production up to application-oriented support. The fields of systems technology and process simulation complement the core competencies. The technology fields of Fraunhofer IWS include PVD and nanotechnology, chemical surface technology, thermal surface technology, additive manufacturing and printing, joining, laser ablation and cutting as well as microtechnology. The competence field of material characterization and testing supports the research activities.
At Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau, IWS runs the Fraunhofer Application Center for Optical Metrology and Surface Technologies AZOM and the Fraunhofer project group at the Dortmunder OberflächenCentrum DOC®.