Researchers in the Additive Manufacturing and Printing business unit apply materials layer by layer for a wide range of applications. We fabricate complex parts from basic materials such as powder, wire, pastes and foils. We primarily work with metals and plastics applying technolgies including remelting, additve manufacturing and printing. This approach relies on profound technological and material expertise. Only by combining them additve manufacturing can be used to create sophisticated, innovative parts that are both cost-effective and reliable. The team applies various processes, such as laser cladding, using powder, and wire electron as well as laser beam welding, and hybrid methods, which combine subtractive with additive techniques. In this process, Fraunhofer IWS scientists not only focus on the individual process, but also investigate and develop solutions along the process chain.