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futureAM Focus Project

Next Generation Additive Manufacturing

Project term:
From 2017-7-1 to 2020-6-30

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  • Scientists from Fraunhofer ILT have developed a new processing head for Laser Powder Bed Fusion LPBF, which also generates large metal components additively up to ten times faster than conventional LPBF systems.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    The future of 3D printing will be the focus at formnext 2018 in Frankfurt am Main. For this, the Fraunhofer Focus Project futureAM offers particularly exciting insights, a project in which six Fraunhofer institutes are involved. The partners are doing both, comprehensively looking at digital and physical added value right from the order to the finished component; and at the leap into a new technology generation of additive manufacturing.

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  • Lecture by Prof. Schleifenbaum from the Fraunhofer ILT at IMTS 2018 on the subject "Digital Photonic Production".
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    At the IMTS - International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago from September 10 to 15, 2018, visitors at the Fraunhofer joint booth were able to find out more about the Fraunhofer focus project futureAM. Professor Johannes Schleifenbaum from Fraunhofer ILT also gave a lecture on "Digital Photonic Production - Perspectives on Tomorrow's World of Individualized & Smart Industrial Products".

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  • Image 1: Partners from industry and science met on Nov. 14, 2017 for the kick-off of the Fraunhofer futureAM focus project in Aachen.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Andreas Steindl.

    On November 14th, 2017, the Fraunhofer focus project, futureAM, was launched in Aachen under the auspices of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT. Six project partners – the Fraunhofer Institutes ILT, IWS, IWU, IGD and IFAM as well as the LZN Laser Zentrum Nord – have set themselves a clear goal: Over the next three years, they will work closely together to secure the prerequisites for significant technological leaps in additive manufacturing with metallic materials (metal AM).

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