New Kinematics For Milling – Customized, High-Precision Manufacturing

Manufacturers generally must offer high-quality products at low prices in order to remain competitive. Three Fraunhofer Institutes are therefore working on the next generation of industrial robots...

CFRP Recycling – Into The Battery Instead Of The Garbage

Carbon fiber-reinforced plastics are gaining importance as components of aircraft. The trend is increasing the need for sustainable recycling concepts. At the ILA in...

Automated Lightweight Construction Reduces Weight And Costs

Like veins in the human body, copper cables run through the fuselage of aircrafts. They transmit electrical signals for temperature-measuring sensors, LEDs in ceilings or electronic connections...

All-Purpose Talent In Aircraft Manufacturing

In aircraft manufacturing, much of the milling, drilling and assembly is still done by hand. This is because the raw components vary not only in...

Tracking Debris In The Earth’s Orbit With Centimeter Precision Using Efficient Laser Technology

Space debris is a massive problem in low Earth orbit space flight. Decommissioned or damaged satellites, fragments of space stations and other remnants of space...

Autonomous 3D Scanner Supports Individual Manufacturing Processes

Let’s say the armrest is broken in your vintage car. As things stand, you would need a lot of luck and persistence to find...

Beyond 5G – After The Next Generation

Today it is already becoming apparent that the data rates offered by the coming 5G mobile communications standard will not sate private users’ and...

Machinery That Repairs Itself

In the EU-funded project SelSus, Fraunhofer scientists are collaborating in a consortium with partners from research and industry to develop maintenance technology capable of...

Detecting Impurities On 3D Components

Impurities adhering to the surface of components can cause problems in later stages of the production process – or even make the entire component...

High-Speed 3D Printer For High-Performance Plastics

The additive manufacture of large-volume plastic components is a timeconsuming undertaking. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU have...