Fraunhofer USA Center Midwest CMW

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Bridging the gap between research and industry

Fraunhofer USA's Center Midwest (Fraunhofer USA CMW) combines a broad range of material development and processing capabilities within its two Michigan based locations. The Coatings and Diamond Technologies Division located in East Lansing develops innovative solutions for thin film and diamond applications. The Laser Applications Division, located in Plymouth offers process solutions ranging from micro to macro scale. Since 1998 our team of experienced engineers and scientists develops solutions based on physical and chemical vapor deposition (PVD, CVD) and laser technologies. Our technology portfolio includes:


  • next generation diamond-like carbon and ceramic coatings for demanding applications
  • synthetic diamond materials
  • laser welding, cladding, additive manufacturing, and heat treatment

Our services include:

  • development of novel and proprietary coating solutions for unique customer applications
  • plasma source development advancing our customers technologies
  • develop new diamond solutions with our customer demands in mind
  • laser applications development and prototyping services

Our goal is to provide our customers with competitive next generation technology solutions. Such solutions include advanced process development of new materials including technology transfer and equipment installations. As part of our services we provide our customers with access to state-of-the-art thin film coatings, diamond materials and laser applications.

Since 2003 Fraunhofer USA CMW and Michigan State University closely collaborate on applied research and development projects in the areas of diamond and coatings technologies.

Fraunhofer USA CMW belongs to Fraunhofer USA, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Rhode Island that is dedicated to the advancement of applied research. Fraunhofer USA was founded in 1994 to conduct applied R&D for customers from industry and state governments and the federal government in the United States. 

Working closely with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest application-oriented research and development organization, Fraunhofer USA and its Centers can offer both domestic and international resources to enhance its portfolio of R&D services.


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Boron Doped Diamond MSU logo on a single crystal diamond substrate


Fraunhofer USA Center Midwest CMW closely cooperates with the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials and Beam Technology in Dresden, Germany, as well as Michigan State University’s College of Engineering. Since 2003 Fraunhofer USA and partner Michigan State University jointly work on advancing the state-of-the-art in CVD diamond synthesis and related applications development.

Contact Press / Media

Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik
Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 83391-0

Fax +49 351 83391-3300

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Michigan State University’s College of Engineering
Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3410, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1226, USA

Phone +1 517-355-5113

Quality Management System

Coatings and Diamond Technologies Division certification
Laser Applications Division certification

Both locations of Fraunhofer USA Center Midwest are IOS 9001:2015 certified operations.


The Center continually strives to deliver outstanding research and development in order to meet and exceed customer expectations. An interlinked, process-based structure certified by external bodies help to achieve project execution at the highest level. 


3D Printing


Post Processing & Microfabrication


Laser Facilities




Laser Applications Division

46025 Port St

48170 Plymouth, MI USA

Phone:  +1 734 738 0550




Coatings and Diamond Technologies Division

1449 Engineering Research Ct, B100

48824 East Lansing, MI USA

Phone: +1 517 432 8709

Fax: +1 517 432 8167