Geräuschdämmung Auto
© Benjamin Mielke – Ecopox GmbH & Co. KG
Applikation von ECOPOX SDM mittels KUGA Roboter mit seriennahen Parametern.

Sound deadener from sustainable materials

Sound damping systems for cars are developed in a joint research project between ECOPOX GmbH & Co. KG and the Fraunhofer IMWS. They focus on ecological liquid plastic that is to be easy to process and cost-effective.

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Digitaldruck Entwicklung Farben
© Fraunhofer IMWS
Rasterelektronenmikroskopische Aufnahme eines erzeugten Pixelfeldes bei Digitaldruck in der Farbe Schwarz auf PVC mit Haftvermittler.

Improved inks for industrial digital printing

High-performance printing inks for industrial digital printing are the goal of a joint research project between Printing Inks Technology GmbH (PIT GmbH) and the Fraunhofer IMWS.

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Today's waste becomes tomorrow's resource: "Waste4Future" paves new ways for plastics recycling

Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer IMWS, seven institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are pooling their competencies in the lead project "Waste4Future" to develop new solutions for the recycling of carbon-containing waste.

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Improved 3D printing thanks to partially crystalline polymers

3D printing is conquering more and more fields of application and market segments. However, there are still many limitations in the production of sophisticated plastic components from these materials. A research consortium consisting of the Fraunhofer IMWS, the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) would like to pave the way for additively manufactured plastic components in new fields of application.

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UD-Tapes mit Basalt-Verstärkungsfasern nach Abzug und vor Randbeschnitt und Aufwicklung.

Basalt fiber-reinforced plastics for automotive applications

Basalt is not only a suitable material for road construction or building facades. The natural rock can also be used as a reinforcing fiber in thermoplastic composite materials. This is the result of a joint research project of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and Deutsche Basaltfaser DBF GmbH.

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Polymer Applications

Qualität Check Kunststoff
© Fraunhofer IMWS
Matthias Zscheyge, Peter Michel and Ivonne Jahn (from left) test UD tapes.

We work on issues regarding polymer processing and optimization of polymer materials. The aim of our work is to achieve improved energy and resource efficiency by using the materials and processes developed by us on an industrial scale. Our clients in the field of mobility applications, i.e. cars, aircraft and rail vehicles, profit from our work just as much as companies in the plastics or polymer industry and in mechanical engineering.

We supply solutions, for example, for thermoplastic-based lightweight construction, tyre applications or the use of bio-based polymers in high-volume production. We consider the entire value-adding chain, from the microstructure of the material through to the tailormade component. We develop on a small scale and, among other things, in the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ we have plants up to industrial scale and can carry out prototype mould validation.

Our know-how includes:

Raw material selection
Microstructure design
Processing technology
Characterization of material properties on a laboratory, test centre and pilot plant scale
Analysis of component properties, including predicting their behavior in use
Modelling and simulation
Process development