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Collaboration for Diamond-like Hard Coating Technology - Fraunhofer IWS & SIMTech

Published on 2017-02-23. Author : SpecialChem

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) have signed a memorandum of understanding for international collaboration in the fields of:

  • Laser-based additive manufacturing 
  • Diamond-like hard coating technology

Collaboration Opens-up New Horizons

Wire Coating
Coating of gear components with super hard
Diamor® films by means of laser-arc technology

SIMTech is a research institute under Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). The collaboration between Fraunhofer IWS and SIMTech started last year following Prof. Christoph Leyens, director and business unit manager Additive Manufacturing of the Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden, visit to SIMTech under its fellowship scheme. “With the signing of this memorandum of understanding, our collaboration will reach the next level of intensity” says Prof. Leyens, “For us, the collaboration with a world-leading institute in Singapore opens up new horizons in the important fields of additive manufacturing and coatings technology, both from a scientific and an application-oriented perspective.

As one of the leading aerospace hub in the Asia-Pacific region, Singapore offers a huge market potential for these technologies. SIMTech also has strong links to industry through the A*STAR Aerospace Program and partnerships with companies in the precision engineering, transportation, oil & gas, energy and electronics sectors. Fraunhofer IWS itself is one of the world leading-research institutes in laser materials processing, surface and coatings technology; its mission is to support industry with innovative engineering solutions. “SIMTech’s collaboration with Fraunhofer IWS will enable us to accelerate the transfer from research to commercialization, as well as to develop partnerships with industry players, in Singapore and around the world.”, says Dr. Jun Wei, program manager at SIMTech.

Research Focused on Additive Manufacturing

Over the last few years Fraunhofer IWS has established a major research focus on additive manufacturing of:
  • Metals
  • Ceramics 
  • Polymers 

It is using various AM processes. The spectrum of applications ranges, among others, from aviation, space, medicine, energy, automotive, mechanical engineering and tool making. In collaboration with the TU Dresden, Fraunhofer IWS is running a unique innovation center for additive manufacturing.

Diamond-like Carbon Coatings

Diamond-like carbon coatings are already being widely used in industry. Hydrogen-free DLC-coatings show an even better performance. The coatings are fabricated using the unique laser-arc PVD technology developed at Fraunhofer IWS. “Our coatings are significantly harder and exhibit substantially improved frictional properties relative to state-of-the-art coating solutions”, says Prof. Andreas Leson, business unit manager PVD- and Nanotechnology at Fraunhofer IWS. “Since friction and wear occur virtually everywhere, the interest in our innovative coatings is enormous”. The success story of the coatings development was awarded with the prestigious Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize.

About Fraunhofer IWS

Fraunhofer IWS focus on application-oriented research and development, covering all steps: starting with physical- and material- technological basic knowledge and ending with holistic systems development.

About SIMTech

The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) develops high value manufacturing technology and human capital to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore's manufacturing industry. It is a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

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Source: Fraunhofer IWS
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