Chemnitz, a mechanical engineering location rich in tradition, is the headquarter of Fraunhofer IWU. Located directly next to the Technical University, our headquarter combines various experimental fields. Our research and development focus is on machine tools and production systems, forming technology, assembly, machining and microtechnology as well as production management. In our Future Factory, we are taking energy and resource efficiency to a new level, for climate-neutral production of the future. Our Hydrogen Taskforce is enabling essential hydrogen components for efficient large-scale production.

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The Fraunhofer IWU at the Dresden site is located in the immediate vicinity of the Technical University. The institute section includes a technical center for research in the fields of adaptronics and acoustics, mechanical joining technology, medical technology and innovative metal-based additive manufacturing processes. In Dresden, we conduct research on adaptive process chains and cognitive production systems that adapt to changing environmental conditions as learning systems. The Space Technology Taskforce enables more efficient production processes for space or air vehicles with its expertise in error-free production at the first attempt.

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The Leipzig Center for Musculoskeletal Research ZESBO is a joint research laboratory of the Medical Engineering Department of Fraunhofer IWU and the University of Leipzig, Clinic and Polyclinic for Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery and Plastic Surgery. The staff in Leipzig work on biomechanical issues of the musculoskeletal system and medical device development.


The research campus Open Hybrid LabFactory e. V. (OHLF) is considered one of the leading addresses in Germany for the research and development of solutions on how industrial vehicle production can be designed sustainably and in the sense of a Circular Economy in the future. The Fraunhofer Center of Circular Economy for Mobility (CCEM) bundles the competencies of several Fraunhofer Institutes on various research topics in the field of the Circular Economy with the aim of developing and evaluating new materials, production technologies and digital methods in an economically and ecologically sustainable way. Within CCEM, Fraunhofer IWU focuses on the areas of fully automated disassembly and assembly processes of vehicle components and systems or production technologies for sustainable lightweight construction.

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Embedded in the campus of the Zittau Görlitz University of Applied Sciences, the Zittau branch of the Fraunhofer IWU (Fraunhofer Plastics Technology Center Oberlausitz, FKO) conducts research and development in the fields of plastics processing, additive manufacturing, lightweight construction and hydrogen technologies.  

Connected to the Zittau branch, the Hydrogen Lab Görlitz (HLG) will develop innovative solutions for large-scale industrial hydrogen technologies. The aim is to raise current plant technology, many of which is still in prototype status, to a new technological level and make it ready for the market.

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