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Applied research with news from the institute and university

We present results from the field Applied Research or applied sciences. Students, graduates, professors and other employees at universities, institutes and companies give exciting insights into their scientific knowledge based on engineering for example Drive Technology, Automation, Electrical Engineering, Automotive engineering, Medical Technology and food technology, to name just a few. 

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and University as well as the Research departments of companies create new trends based on their research findings from the individual sciences. In addition to basic research, applied research usually focuses on specific applications that are raised to a new level through new scientific findings. Research results often become the trendsetter or problem solver.

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Various universities and the departments of the Fraunhofer Institute report on their research results - find out more about the Trends of the future!

3D printer for the production of insect screens

MLU 3D printerThe scientists of Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have produced an insect repellent in a 3D printer. The 3D printer first encapsulates the insect repellent and shapes it into the desired shape. This can be a ring that the user wears on their finger, for example. The finger ring releases the agent that is supposed to drive away the mosquitoes over a longer period of time. The research team reports on the work in the "International Journal of Pharmaceutics".

CNC control for research in bending technology

Mitsubishi CNC control bending technologyAt the TUM the processing of new materials with existing production methods in bending technology has been taken on. Using the practical example of a free-form bending machine from  J. New plays the IoT CNC control module DAU from Mitsubishi Electric an essential role. At the Chair of Forming Technology and Casting of Prof. Dr.-Ing Wolfram Volk, research is currently being carried out on projects that could bring decisive further developments for bending technology.

Patented nanotechnology counts nanoparticles in real time

University of Graz nanoparticles

Sectors such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and cosmetics rely on nanoparticles to give their products special properties with nanomaterials. the med University of Graz Spin-off Brave analytics has now achieved a breakthrough in counting nanoparticles in cooperation with the University of Graz: They count the small particles in real time and make the patented technology fit for the way into industry. 

Against the lack of chips: the performance center will be continued

The economic consequences of unstable supply chains illustrate the importance of microelectronics, especially related to the present one chip shortage, Loud Fraunhofer technology sovereignty in research and development is required in order to be prepared for the future. New production facilities are also required in Europe. The high-performance center for functional integration in micro/nanoelectronics faces this challenge. 

Developed for the analysis of drill cores from the seabed on a Chinese drilling platform Diondo an Computed tomograph of a special kind. The Hattingen specialist relies on non-destructive material testing and metrology Motor Components of Igus. You can find out here what makes drive and control so successful in use:

Igus Diondo


With that of dr Catherine Philip developed digital Laser microscope can be in particular deeper layers of tissue examine how they z. B. found in patients in the thyroid gland. For her outstanding dissertation, Dr. Philipp with the Bertha Benz Prize 2020 honored.

TU Dresden laser microscope


Discover the benefits of laser melting metal powders: The 3D Print of metals is becoming increasingly popular. In particular, powder bed-based laser beam melting or Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) allows delicate and very complex structures and always opens up new applications. The quality of the process depends heavily on the right temperatures. To measure this, the scientists use Fraunhofer ILT Infrared camera from Optris.



Four safety shock absorbers from ACE shock absorbers protect the end positions of a directly driven area motor, which was developed at the Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Machine Tools (IFW) in the production technology center of Leibniz University Hannover. The new concept of the university team is very interesting for highly dynamic machines and can, among other things, increase the productivity of machine tools.

With your cable robot won the university Duisburg-Essen the material moisture meter shows you the  Igus Vector Award 2014 for the most innovative energy chain application. The Robot uses the “E-spool” energy supply system, which expands the energy chain principle by an additional dimension. The university wants to use its roperobotics-Concept opens up new automation tasks and implements applications that could not be automated before.

Igus cable robot University of Duisburg1

Of the highest achievements of human evolution Robot still far away at this point. A development team of the non-profit project Roboy from Munich, however, has set itself the goal of developing a robot that should come as close as possible to the human in its entire appearance. Roboy 2.0 was developed with the collaborative software "Fusion 360" by Autodesk

Autodesk Roboy1

fraunhofer1118Robots can help doctors detect and treat tumors, for example by positioning a fine probe in the right place. So that Robotic imaging procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging, IPA engineers have developed a new drive technology.

lapp10319Lapp is researching direct current for industry and is thus announcing the next energy revolution. First pilot projects show the potential of an energy supply with direct current, which can save up to 20% energy. After the company presented the first cables for DC applications last year, it is presenting further versions this year.

Weiss environmental technology has a special at the EU's research center, the Joint Research Center (JRC) test for lithium worthwhile storage planned and implemented. Of the Battery storage Test bench with high energy density allows for the first time CT recordings during the operation of the Batteries under stressful conditions.

Weiss test stand battery storage