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9.11.2020

Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project futureAM Gets Metallic 3D Printing in Shape for Industrial Use

Accelerating the additive production of metal components by at least a factor of 10: With this goal in mind, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft launched the lighthouse project “futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing” in 2017. As the project ends in November 2020, six Fraunhofer institutes have made technological leaps forward in systems engineering, materials and process control as well as end-to-end digitalization, thus increasing the performance and cost-effectiveness of metal-based additive manufacturing along the entire process chain.
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26.10.2020

Light e-waste runabouts for cities

In order to improve city air quality and protect the environment, many municipalities are planning to acquire electric refuse vehicles for their parks and pedestrian passages. However, these are equipped with heavy batteries or fuel cells and can therefore usually transport less waste than classic waste trucks with combustion engines. However, German engineers now intend to change this by using lightweight designs. To this end, the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden is developing innovative joining guns.
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29.9.2020

Graphite instead of gold: Thin layers for better hydrogen cars

Electric cars which can be filled up within five minutes, reach ranges like a diesel and yet drive "cleanly": This is already being achieved by hydrogen fuel cell vehicles today. However, so far they are still rare and expensive. Apart from efficiency problems, this is due, among other things, to one core component: Gold-coated bipolar plates (BiP) in fuel cells are expensive and complex to manufacture. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden, the German automotive group Daimler and the Finnish steel company Outokumpu Nirosta have now developed an economical alternative for rapid mass production.
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25.9.2020

Future of flying being developed in Kamenz

Commercial drones and air cabs will soon no longer be mere fantasies of the future. In order to bring new ideas for tomorrow's aviation to life, numerous partners together with the city of Kamenz as well as international companies and institutions founded the “Kompetenzzentrum autonomes und elektrisches Fliegen“. The aim is to create the framework conditions for field trials and extensive testing in this region. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS participates as a founding member.
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