Novel high-performance polyamide tapes with unidirectional glass fiber reinforcement

Glass-fiber polyamide tapes for use in innovative and cost-effective lightweight structures for high-volume production have been developed by DOMO Engineering Plastics GmbH and the Fraunhofer IMWS.



More sustainble rudders for short and medium range aircraft

EconCore works with Airbus, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Fraunhofer on a new technology for a more sustainable type of rudder for short and medium-range aircraft, based on thermoplastic honeycomb sandwich composites.



Innovative water-based inks for industrial printing

In the project "InDiPrint" the Fraunhofer IMWS in cooperation with Printing Inks Technology GmbH (PIT GmbH) worked on the development and comprehensive evaluation of high-performance printing inks for industrial digital printing.



Innovative structural components with adapted electronics for e-vehicles

The Fraunhofer is conducting research on the manufacturing of innovative lightweight vehicle structures with integrated electronic components for e-vehicles.



Electrochemical antifouling as protection for the ship´s hull

A process patented by bioplan GmbH and further developed by the Fraunhofer IMWS now offers an environmentally friendly solution for preventing biofouling processes.



New Head of Business Unit "Polymer Applications" at Fraunhofer IMWS

Dr.-Ing. Maik Feldmann took over as Head of the Business Unit "Polymer Applications" at the Fraunhofer IMWS on October 1, 2022. As such he is also responsible for the area of "Polymer Processing" at the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ in Schkopau. 



Reliable polymer cases for the protection of power electronic components

In a joint research project entitled "PolyLEktronik" Werkzeugbau & Kunststofftechnik Kruse GmbH (WBKT) and the Fraunhofer IMWS have set themselves the goal of developing highly reliable polymer cases for power electronics components that are suitable for series production.



Lightweight sandwich technology for climate-friendly logistics systems

In a new project, the Fraunhofer IMWS is pursuing the goal of optimizing large load carriers. By using thermoplastic-based sandwich constructions, they can combine low dead weight, high stability, flexible design and a CO2-saving life cycle.


Liquid bio-plastic provides ambient car ride

Sound damping systems are used inside modern cars. ECOPOX GmbH & Co. KG and the Fraunhofer IMWS want to make a novel, ecological liquid plastic suitable for this application.


Water-based inks for industrial digital printing

High-performance printing inks for industrial digital printing and a universal evaluation system are to be developed in a joint project with Printing Inks Technology GmbH.



Smart sensors for the acquisition of material data

Smart testing technology can enrich the database of digital material twins, thus generating significant benefits for Industry 4.0. studio.201 software GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructures of Materials and Systems IMWS intend to provide proof of this in a recently launched joint project using the example of a digitized process and value-added chain in plastics processing.


Standardized test method for the quality control of high-strength sandwich components

Drawing on new findings on the microstructure of lightweight sandwich structures using in-situ X-ray tomography, the Fraunhofer IMWS has developed a standardized test method for determining the fracture toughness of sandwich components.


Lightweight technology with a thermoplastic honeycomb core

Lightweight materials play an essential role in automotive construction when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions. The Fraunhofer IMWS is developing hybrid organosandwich components with a honeycomb core that can be used for automotive applications.


Novel high-performance thermoplastics for economic application in lightweight structural applications

In a joint project with DOMO Engineering Plastics GmbH (DOMO EP), the Fraunhofer IMWS is therefore conducting research into new thermoplastic semi-finished fiber composite products to meet both of these requirements.In a joint project with DOMO Engineering Plastics GmbH (DOMO EP), the Fraunhofer IMWS is therefore conducting research into new thermoplastic semi-finished fiber composite products to meet both of these requirements.


Stone as a Reinforcing Component

The Fraunhofer IMWS is working with project partners to develop innovative thermoplastic composites with reinforcement fibers made from basalt stone.


Efficient polyamides through electron irradiation

In a research project, Fraunhofer experts want to improve the properties of moulded synthetic thermoplastic parts by irradiating them with electrons.


Blending systems with bio-based plastics

In a new project, researchers are working on also optimising bio-based plastics for application in polymer blends with petro-chemically produced plastics.


Sandwich panels with honeycomb core

ThermHex Waben GmbH and the Fraunhofer IMWS are working on the development of manufacturing methods for so-called »organic sheet« sandwich semi-finished products.


A new sustainable material recycling system is to save resources

Too many problems occur in our current global recycling systems. Fraunhofer researchers want to improve this.


Development platform facilitates tailored thermoplastics

A virtual development platform is to simulate the processing of tailor-made thermoplastics to find customer-oriented and sustainable solutions for plastic components.


Optimised properties for plastic components

Fraunhofer researchers want to allow crystallisation to be specifically adjusted and optimised in future, during the manufacture of injected moulded parts made from plastic.


Lightweight solutions made of bio-based tapes

Fiber-reinforced plastics (polymers) offer many opportunities for lightweight construction. Solutions based on renewable raw materials are developed at the Fraunhofer IMWS.


Efficient tyres

The Fraunhofer IMWS is involved in the development of new and remoulded or retreaded tyres. The aim is to achieve strong performance with less environmental impact.


Simulation for longer life

The objective of the FVK Lifetime project is to increase the life of innovative lightweight materials.


New processes for lightweight components

Lightweight, crashproof and cost-effective in series production In an interview, Peter Michel explains the advantages of thermoplastic lightweight components for cars.