Innovative bonding technology plays an important role in lightweight engineering. One of the main attributes is the ability to join different materials securely to one another. In times of increasing material diversity and multi-material design, bonding offers major advantages over conventional joining technologies.

However, the properties of bonded joins differ from those of other joins. These changing requirements of bonded joins also need to be considered from a design point of view. The increasing use of the bonding process aids and occasionally even replaces established joining technologies.

The Department of Lightweight Construction Technologies at Fraunhofer IPA develops bonding solutions. It strives to integrate this technology into the manufacture of machinery and equipment in order to exploit new areas of application. Due to the fact that lightweight engineering has found its way into this field, the innovative joining technology helps to advance this trend.