The most common form of cooperation is an individual order. It starts with a free consultation where you present your R&D task. Together, we discuss promising solution approaches and their estimated effort. The HTL carries out studies, contract measurements, material-, process- and component development, and builds special systems. Complex tasks are handled in multiple stages. Once our services are defined for you, we provide a quote for the scope of work including time requirements and price. We assign a project manager who manages the project from the assignment to the handover of the results and collaborates with you on possible changes of plans.
Some problems are so complex that multiple partners must contribute to the solution. For this purpose, we involve other Fraunhofer institutes as needed. External R&D facilities and other companies can also be involved. We have experience in efficient and fair coordination of joint projects. In larger development projects, public funding can be applied for. We are familiar with the funding landscape at the state, federal, and EU levels and assist in identifying suitable programs and applying for them.
Successful projects often lead to long-lasting partnerships with companies that are supported by our key account managers. Fraunhofer is also represented abroad. We have international experience, relevant cultural and language competencies, and knowledge of global markets. This enables us to support our partners abroad as well.
The institutes of the Fraunhofer Society cooperate with each other and combine different competencies in flexible structures depending on the requirements. The HTL is involved in two theme networks of the Fraunhofer Society:
The Competence Field Additive Manufacturing integrates 19 Fraunhofer institutes that focus on different aspects of additive manufacturing. It covers the entire process chain, including the development, application, and implementation of additive manufacturing processes and the associated materials.
The HTL is a member of the Fraunhofer Competence Field Additive Manufacturing together with its parent institute, Fraunhofer ISC.
Further information (available under Fraunhofer ISC): Competence Field Additive Manufacturing
The seven Fraunhofer institutes in the Textile research area have joined forces to cover the entire textile value chain, from textile machinery to fiber production, preform and semifinished product manufacturing, textile functionalization, smart textiles, process and product simulation, sustainability/ecological balance, recycling, and fiber composite components.
The HTL is a member of the Fraunhofer Research Area Technical Textiles together with its application center for textile fiber ceramics TFK.
Further information (available under Fraunhofer ISC): Research Area Technical Textiles
Furthermore, the HTL works closely with its parent institute, Fraunhofer ISC. In addition, the HTL is involved in numerous committees of the German Ceramic Society (DKG), the Composites United (CU), the Association of German Engineers (VDI), the German Society for Materials Science (DGM), and the Society for Thermal Analysis (GEFTA). Regular research collaborations and courses exist with the universities of Bayreuth, Chemnitz, and Würzburg as well as the universities of applied sciences in Hof, Nuremberg, and Würzburg-Schweinfurt.