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Video: Research Center Wants To Advance 3D Printing In Production
The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden, together with the TU Dresden, inaugurated the jointly operated "Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden" or AMCD in early February. In the future, scientists from various disciplines will be able to research materials and processes for 3D printing at the center.
The center tests 3D printed components for defects
According to the institute, the AMCD is said to be one of the largest centers of its kind in Europe and to have the most important industrially relevant manufacturing processes for metals, ceramics and plastics. In the center, materials and components can be tested for possible errors. A rocket nozzle developed for space travel, for example, has to withstand the highest loads during operation, neither defects nor cracks may occur, otherwise the component would be sorted out. The AMCD can test such components non-destructively and carry out load tests.
“The huge potential that additive manufacturing promises can only be leveraged if science and industry work together. At the moment we are only using a fraction of the possibilities that are available to us in terms of process and material,”says the head of the AMCD, Prof. Christoph Leyens. The materials scientist is a professor at the TU Dresden and at the same time director of the Fraunhofer IWS.
Developing tomorrow's manufacturing technologies
The team led by Prof. Leyens coordinates, among other things, the large-scale research project "Agent-3D", in which more than 100 partners from industry and research work on solving the challenges that arise from the introduction of 3D printing into industrial production. The joint project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 45 million euros in funding, plus an additional 30 million euros that will be raised by the industrial companies involved.
Prof. Eckhard Beyer, Managing Director of the Fraunhofer IWS and Professor of Laser and Surface Technology at the TU Dresden: “Tomorrow's manufacturing technologies are being developed at the Center for Additive Manufacturing in Dresden. Our primary goal is to develop industry-compatible solutions and thus strengthen the innovative strength of our partners in the economy.”
"The establishment of the center is extremely important for Saxony," said Minister of State Dr. Fritz Jaeckel. "Research and development of new technologies are important prerequisites for the further development of the Free State, our society and our companies." (Kj)
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