Smart processing module for wire-based laser deposition welding

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Technologies: Developing and optimizing additive manufacturing technologies

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Software development: Operating and integrating additive manufacturing processes

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System solutions: Integrating manufacturing operations in industrial process chains

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Additive Manufacturing

Additive production process chains in industry

Additive Manufacturing – also commonly referred to as 3D printing – is exerting increasing influence on business processes world-wide. As one of the key technologies in digitalized production within the Industrie 4.0 initiative, Additive Manufacturing will have an impact on existing supply chains and will generate new business models.

We at the Fraunhofer IPT regard 3D printing not as a substitute for classical manufacturing but rather as an enrichment of existing processes and process chains: The future lies in intelligent combination of production processes and in their integration within overarching supply chains. The capacity for connectivity and the adaptability of the processes hold out the promise of increasingly customizable products in unparalleled diversity

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Fair formnext, November 10–13, 2020 in Frankfurt a.M., Germany


The formnext is an international trade fair for additive manufacturing technologies and tool and mould making.

Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference DDMC goes virtual – June 23, 2020 

Even as we are seeing first optimistic signs of the curve of infection indeed flattening, the Covid-19 pandemic remains the most urgent and unpredictable health challenge our world has faced in recent memory. We accept no compromise in our commitment to the health and safety of our speakers and attendees, which is why we are moving the Fraunhofer Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference DDMC 2020 into the virtual world, with an exciting and innovative digital conference format, hosted on 23 June 2020.

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