IDAM paves way for AM to enter automotive series

This structural optimized differential housing, jointly developed by GKN Powder Metallurgy and Porsche Engineering, is one of the growing new e-drive powertrain applications for Metal AM. © GKN Powder Metallurgy.

On March 27, 2019, the joint project IDAM held its kick-off meeting in Munich, which was intended to pave the way for Additive Manufacturing to enter automotive series production. Specifically, the project partners – consisting of SMEs, large companies and research institutions – will transfer metallic 3D printing into an industrialized and highly automated series process in the automotive industry for the first time. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen and the Chair for Digital Additive Production DAP of RWTH Aachen University are supporting the project through their many years of experience in the field of additive manufacturing technologies.

The goal of IDAM is to promote the “Industrialization and Digitization of Additive Manufacturing (AM) for Automotive Series Processes”. In this project, twelve project partners are laying an important cornerstone to sustainably strengthen Germany’s technological pioneering role and the country itself as a manufacturing location. By integrating metallic 3D printing into the conventional production lines of the automotive industry, IDAM will enable them to replace the cost and time-consuming processes, such as the production of molds, and to meet the desire for product customization at no extra cost.