TUM, Oerlikon, GE, & Linde collab to create AM cluster

Picture: Signing Letter of Intent in Dec. 2018 From left to right: Dr. Sven Hicken (Business Unit Head, Oerlikon AM), Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann (President, TUM), Jason Oliver (President and CEO, GE Additive), Dr. Wolfgang Dierker (CEO, GE Germany), Dr. Christoph Laumen (Executive Director R&D, Linde AG), Prof. Dr. Michael Suess (Chairman of the Board of Directors, Oerlikon Group), Dr. Christian Haecker (Head of Industrialization, Oerlikon AM), Dr. Andreas Lessmann (Managing Director, GE Additive Germany GmbH, Senior Leader, Legal Operations), Dr. Christian Bruch (Executive Vice President & CEO, Linde Engineering), Andreas Rohregger (Head of Global Properties, GE Additive), Dr. Alice Beck (Deputy Director, TUM ForTe).

The Technical University of Munich (TUM), Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde are collaborating to create an additive manufacturing cluster. This cluster is a grouping of companies and organizations that will conduct research on and develop additive manufacturing technology from a single hub location.

The collaborative efforts will help integrate AM into the manufacturing process and enable companies to use the technology in their production. The open cluster also includes academic institutions (TUM) researching and educating on AM and regulatory authorities responsible for overseeing and regulating the use of the technology in industries. The cluster will be open to additional participants in the future.

TUM, Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde all play different roles in the additive manufacturing process. Additive manufacturing completely transforms the production process. It requires a change in every aspect of manufacturing – supply chain, production, employee training, quality inspection, product validation, and regulation.