Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

Competence in ceramics

The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS conducts applied research on high-performance ceramics. The institute‘s three sites in Dresden and Hermsdorf (Thuringia), Germany, collectively represent Europe‘s largest R&D institute dedicated to the study of ceramics.

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Annual report 2017/2018

The annual report of Fraunhofer IKTS provides information and reports about our latest results of research.


The Fraunhofer IKTS is certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001, DIN EN ISO 14001, EN ISO 13485 and DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025.

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Dresden / Germany / October 11, 2018

Press release

Harder 3D-printed tools – Researchers from Dresden introduce new process for hardmetal industry

Extremely hard tools are required in forming technology, metal-cutting and process engineering. They are conventionally made by powder pressing. Although this achieves a high degree of hardness, it is often necessary to carry out a complex and therefore expensive post-processing. Additive manufacturing enables complex geometries, but has been limited in terms of hardness and component size so far. Researchers at the Fraunhofer IKTS in Dresden have now adapted the 3D printing process Fused Filament Fabrication for hardmetals. The development meets all requirements for the first time.


Dresden / Germany / September 12, 2018

Press release

Ceramic filtration systems for closed-loop aquaculture

The increasing global demand for fish cannot be met in the long term without aquaculture. In order to maintain high quality standards, enormous quantities of fresh water have to be provided. In a joint project with partners from research and industry, Fraunhofer IKTS scientists have developed ceramic filtration systems that not only clean the water in aquacultures, but also adsorb disturbing odors and flavors.


Dresden / Germany / September 9, 2018


Fishing in the pond – ceramic filter systems for aquafarming

The smell is reminiscent of vacation, but everybody knows what is produced in the large ponds in Wermsdorf. Fishes are cultivated in aquaculture, mainly carps but also sturgeons, pikes and pikeperches.


Dresden / Germany / October 24–26, 2018


10th International Symposium on NDT in Aerospace

Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT, NDE) is one of the major requirements in aerospace structural design and subject of this conference series.


Düsseldorf / Germany / November 12–15, 2018

Trade fair


Personalized implants from the nozzle – visit us at the leading international market place for the medical suppliers' industry and product development.


Munich / Germany / November 13–16, 2018

Trade fair


Under the motto Connecting everything - smart, safe & secure, the largest electronica ever opens its doors.


Frankfurt on the Main / Germany / November 13–16, 2018

Trade fair


Design your future production and meet us at the international exhibition and conference on additive manufacturing in Hall 3.0, Booth E70.


Dresden / Germany / November 29–30, 2018


Hybrid materials and additive manufacturing processes

The 1st HyMaPro workshop provides information on additive manufacturing technologies for metallic and ceramic components, material hybrids and gives insight into hybrid processes.

Current EU-Projects

  • AFLoNext – 2nd Generation active wing - active flow- loads & noise ...
  • BET-EU – Materials synergy integration for a better europe
  • CAPTure – Competitive solar power towers
  • CerAMfacturing – Ceramic components by additive manufacturing
  • FlexiFuel-SOFC – Fuel flexible micro-scale biomass CHP system
  • HiEff-BioPower – Highly efficient and fuel flexible CHP technology
  • INTEGRAL – 2nd generation of thermoelectric generators ...
  • MATCH – The creation of the materials common house
  • NDTonAIR – Training network in non-destructive testing ...
  • ProDIA – Manufacturing and control of nanoporous materials

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Sites of Fraunhofer IKTS

Germany: Dresden, Hermsdorf, Pleissa, Pöhl, Schmalkalden, Leipzig

USA: Storrs (Connecticut)