Industry-specific solutions

Can Fraunhofer solve your problem?

The Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance invites enterprises of any size to submit their problems or questions related to additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

Topics may cover all aspects of additive manufacturing, such as:

materials and technologies

assessing and improving the quality of 3D printed parts

optimizing parts for various criteria (weight, stiffness, etc.)

digital workflow (slicers, adaptive machine control).

More generic questions are also welcome, incl. feasibility studies:
Can my problem be reasonably solved by additive manufacturing? The Alliance will review the proposals based on their feasibility and potential impact on 3D printing.

One problem will be selected and the Alliance will provide a workshop with Fraunhofer experts to solve it. All applicants will receive feedback upon their submissions including recommendations; even if your proposal is not selected you will benefit from the Alliance’s expertise in 3D printing. All proposals will be treated as strictly confidential. To submit your proposal, please fill out the following form: Call for proposal

Submission deadline:

March 31, 2018

Notification:

April 30, 2018

Contact:

Dr. Bernhard Mueller, Spokesman of the Alliance
Phone +49 351 4772-2136, office@generativ.fraunhofer.de

© Photo Fraunhofer-Allianz Generative Fertigung
© Photo Fraunhofer-Allianz Generative Fertigung

Production – from the idea through to market launch

Companies which engage in product development, face rapidly changing markets. All the resources in a company must be very highly coordinated, in order to ensure that the resultant product fulfills all customer requirements and that its emergence on the market is timed to achieve optimum effect. We analyze and optimize all processes and technologies involved in the product life cycle – from product development through manufacture and logistics.

Individually shaped hearing aids, dental crowns or made-to-measure bone implants, parts for cars and airplanes – these are some of the first products made in an additive process. They are produced, layer-by-layer directly from the design data, swiftly and economically. The Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance takes account of the variations in requirements and parameters in each sector of industry by coming up with a customized concept for each individual customer.

Manufacturing without limitations

Additive manufacturing requires neither special tools nor molds. This saves time and reduces manufacturing costs. There is scarcely any waste: Excess powder can simply be re-used.

However, the greatest advantage of additive manufacturing is that it offers virtually unlimited design and construction freedom. Components with internal structures can be generated, regardless of geometrical complexity. It will also be possible to produce parts which cannot be manufactured using conventional processes; even complicated shapes with hollow, spiral-shaped channels and undercuts will be produced from metal, plastic or ceramic in one piece.

Industry-specific solutions

The Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance is currently focusing on industrial solutions in five areas of application:

Bio-medical engineering

Micro-system engineering

Automotive engineering & aerospace

Tool making

Handling and assembly