Center Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing – Competence in materials in manufacturing engineering

Koaxial-Bearbeitungskopf COAXwire zum generativen Laser-Draht-Auftragschweißen
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Coaxial processing head for laser wire buildup welding processes

3D-Druck macht's möglich: Ein erster Demonstrator eines gedruckten thermoelektrischen Generators windet sich geschmeidig um ein Musterbauteil.
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3D printing makes it possible: A demonstrator of a printed TEG wriggles flexibly around a sample component.

Drucken eines vliesbasierten flexiblen TEGs
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Printing of non-woven flexible TEGs

Additive manufacturing technology has led to a paradigm shift in manufacturing engineering. Thanks to the layer-bylayer generation material is only applied at the area where it is needed. The new manufacturing technology allows degrees of freedom for functional optimization and flexibility not seen before, beyond the limits of conventional manufacturing technology. There is a correspondingly high industrial interest in qualifying the additive manufacturing to a high industrial level.

The high potential of additive manufacturing is opposed to the large variety of unsolved issues. These issues can only be solved in a close collaboration between science and industry. Fraunhofer IWS initiated the project "Additive Manufacturing – Agent-3D" to advance the required collaboration. The consortium with its 60 partners establishes a strong network between industry and research organizations.

Within the framework DRESDEN-concept the scientists, together with partners of the TU Dresden, founded an internationally recognized competence center, in which material and manufacturing solutions for challenging products are interdisciplinarily developed. Presently the scientists focus on research fields such as aerospace, automotive industry, tool making, energy technology and medical engineering. In a rapidly developing high technology field the center offers an excellent networking platform for economy, scientific basic research and application-oriented research.

Our process portfolio includes

  • laser buildup welding with wire and powder
  • selective laser melting
  • electron beam melting
  • 3D printing technology

for metallic and intermetallic materials, polymers, functional materials and multi-material systems. With regard to procedures we offer developments for processes, for system and sensor technologies, and for on-line process diagnostics.

The research work of the center focuses on product chains comprising: component design, finishing and processing steps, repair and recycling. Testing and characterization of material and components produced with additive manufacturing technologies belong to the core competences as well.