Frank Herzog, founder and CEO of the specialist for 3D metal printing, has been nominated along with his two project partners, as candidate for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis (German Future Prize) 2015. Inclusion of his name in the “circle of the best” is yet another milestone in the anniversary year of Concept Laser GmbH. The German Future Prize is the Federal President’s Award for Innovation and Technology and is awarded to developers from industry and science who have rendered outstanding services with projects and initiatives with Germany as an innovation location.
The project “3D Printing in Civil Aircraft Manufacturing – a Production Revolution is Taking Off” proved to the jury of the German Future Prize 2015 with regard to its degree of innovation and economic implementation and therefore got nominated for the German Future Prize 2015.
The project mainly deals about the first additive manufactured titanium component, referred to as a “bracket”, on board of the Airbus A350 XWB. This cross-industry development revolutionized the way structural aircraft components were made and “lightweight construction” implemented in civil aircraft.
Frank Herzog is considered as a pioneer in the field of powder bed-based laser melting. The existing plastic sintering technology led to development of the LaserCUSING method back in 1998. The “Concept Laser” company presented M3 linear prototype machine to the public and thereby celebrated its world premier in the field of 3D metal printing. The LaserCUSING process is used to create mechanically and thermally stable metallic components with high precision by fusing 3D CAD data to generate components layer by layer. It can be used with stainless and tool steels, aluminum and titanium alloys, nickel-based superalloys, cobalt-chromium alloys or precious metals such as gold or silver alloys.
Laser melting with metals is gaining popularity in the aircraft construction as part of an additive manufacturing strategy. The typical reasons being the process is quicker, more cost-effective components. Laser melting with metals allows extremely fine, porous structures to be produced.
Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2015, honors researchers and developers, who implement their innovations successfully in marketable products. The German Future Prize will be awarded in Berlin in the month of December 2015.