With the help of additive manufacturing processes, development times can be drastically reduced and highly complex component geometries can be manufactured more cost-effectively. Thanks to the many advantages of tool-free production, additive manufacturing (AM) is being used in more and more industries. While aviation and medical technology were the main drivers until recently, applications in toolmaking, special machine construction and automotive engineering are now increasingly being developed. Fraunhofer IPK supports you in exploiting the potential of these new manufacturing methods for your company. Together we examine your use cases and develop the appropriate processes and technologies.
Our interdisciplinary team is specialized in the metalworking processes Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) and Directed Energy Deposition (DED). Among other things, we offer you economical manufacturing solutions for the latest tool concepts, develop customized repair processes and shorten your time-to-market by using simulation tools. The development of new machine concepts for AM to increase the product quality and manufacturing robustness of our customers is another core topic.
Our strength is our broad manufacturing know-how. We combine classical production methods, automation concepts and IoT systems with additive processes in a targeted manner. For us, additive manufacturing is not an end in itself, but a decisive component for solving current challenges in production.