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

Press Release / November 09, 2020

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.

Several lasers at Fraunhofer ILT in Aachen use 3D printing to transform metal powder into a demonstrator component for the future generation of Rolls-Royce engines.
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Several lasers at Fraunhofer ILT in Aachen use 3D printing to transform metal powder into a demonstrator component for the future generation of Rolls-Royce engines.
Component design using multiphysics simulations to generate production-ready 3D models at Fraunhofer IAPT, Hamburg.
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Component design using multiphysics simulations to generate production-ready 3D models at Fraunhofer IAPT, Hamburg.
At Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden, the applicable spectrum of additive processable materials is extended. With tailored direct energy deposition metallic multi-material components can be realized.
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At Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden, the applicable spectrum of additive processable materials is extended. With tailored direct energy deposition metallic multi-material components can be realized.