“futureAM” – A next generation Additive Manufacturing

Scientists from Fraunhofer ILT have developed a new processing head for Laser Powder Bed Fusion LPBF, which also generates large metal components additively up to ten times faster than conventional LPBF systems. © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

The future of 3D printing will be the focus at formnext 2018 in Frankfurt am Main. The Fraunhofer Focus Project futureAM offers particularly exciting insights, a project in which six Fraunhofer institutes are involved. The partners are comprehensively looking at digital and physical added value right from the order to the finished component; and at the leap into a new technology generation of additive manufacturing.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has called futureAM into being to systematically develop the additive manufacturing of metallic components further. These six institutes have entered into a strategic project partnership in the field of additive manufacturing: (i) Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, Aachen (Project Coordination); (ii) Fraunhofer Research Institution for Additive Manufacturing Technologies IAPT, Hamburg; (iii) Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM, Bremen; (iv) Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, Darmstadt; (v) Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, Dresden and (vi) Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, Chemnitz.

Interested parties can find out more about the current state of metal-based AM technology at the “International exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies – formnext”.