In industrial production, there is a great need for functional structures to optimize the properties of a wide variety of components. For targeted functionalization, specific structures can be applied precisely to the required location on a component using printing processes. Sensors or electronic components can thus be integrated into existing products and can provide additional or completely new properties.
Functionalization is a core competence of Fraunhofer IFAM. Under the lead of Jonas Deitschun, the »Functional Printing« working group researches and develops functionally integrated components and surfaces. In the »Smart Systems« department, the group has comprehensive know-how and the latest technologies with a focus on ink and paste development as well as printed electronics and sensor technology. The fields of application range from automotive engineering and aircraft manufacturing to energy and medical technology.