Research Topics of the Fraunhofer Competence Field Additive Manufacturing


Materials research provides answers to current issues in the fields of energy, health, mobility, information and communication technologies as well as in construction and housing.


In product development companies are confronted with constantly changing markets. To achieve integrated production processes, it is important to accurately analyze all the processes and technologies involved in the product life cycle and to optimally synchronize the production processes.


By taking nature as a role model, scientists develop ideas and products that can be specifically adapted to environmental conditions.


In order to improve the reliability and shape accuracy of all products generated by addititve manufacturing, we develop individual security systems for your entire product development process.

Software und simulation

Additive manufacturing is closely linked to the digital control of the manufacturing process: components are manufactured directly on the basis of a digital representation.



Fraunhofer DDMC

The 6th Fraunhofer DDMC took place on March 15th and 16th in Berlin, the next DDMC is schedulded for 12th and 13th March, 2025. Abstract submission is possible unti the end of May 2024.



Rapid.Tech 3D

The Rapid.Tech trade fair took place in Erfurt on May 14-16, 2024. The Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Competence Center could be found at booth 2-111. In addition, our exciting expert forum with many interesting presentations took place on May 16. 


AMTech Expo

On 1-2 December 2023, AMTech Expo took place in Hyderabad, India. The Fraunhofer Competence Field Additive Manufacturing was represented at the German AM Zone with a booth.


NEWS 1.24

Please find the latest newsletter in the link below.



formnext 2023 took place in Frankfurt am Main from 7 - 10 November. The Fraunhofer Competence Field Additive Manufacturing presented their exhibits on the Fraunhofer joint booth in hall 11.0, D31.



Press releases of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft


Fraunhofer Reforms its Governance Structures

Today (June 13, 2024), the general assembly of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft paved the way for viable and modern governance structures at Germany's largest applied research organization with a comprehensive statutory reform. The reform that was adopted will strengthen the senate as an advisory and supervisory body of the executive board and streamline Fraunhofer’s internal governance structures.
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Prof. Dr. Constantin Häfner appointed as the executive vice president for Research and Transfer

Today, June 12, 2024, the senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft appointed Prof. Constantin Häfner as the executive board member responsible for Research and Transfer. He is currently the executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen and is expected to assume his board responsibilities shortly.
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Pathogen identification — next-generation sequencing optimizes diagnostics

Invasive infections such as sepsis require immediate and targeted treatment. Experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and group partners have succeeded in establishing a reconceptualized detection principle that can make a crucial contribution to saving lives through fast, ultra-accurate pathogen identification. They have been chosen to receive the 2024 Stifterverband Science Prize for their efforts.
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Bio-based plastics — innovative plastic film material made from PLA

Flexible, disposable plastic films used in shopping or garbage bags are made mainly from petroleum-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE). These films, however, come with a large carbon footprint and contribute to environmental pollution. A team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP has now developed a flexible and recyclable plastic film material based on polylactide (PLA) bioplastic and paved the way for its commercialization. For their efforts, they will receive the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for 2024.
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