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


Together with ACAM will provide a special seminar during the trade fair formnext from 14.-17. November 2017. The following questions will be answered:

  • what is 3d printing and additive manufacturing and how does it work?
  • should I consider 3d printing for my production?
  • can I make money with it?
  • where to get examples about obstacles, experiences and successful implementation?
  • what are the first / next steps to get started?

The series of seminars »discover3Dprinting« adresses manufacturing companies that consider the inclusion of additive manufacturing into their production process, but do struggle to find access to the technology.

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Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference DDMC

The Fraunhofer Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference DDMC will be taking place in Berlin, Germany, from March 14-15 2018. Organized by the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance, the DDMC is a bi-annual cutting-edge forum for discussion on Additive Manufacturing, including its application in industry and the environmental impact of such new manufacturing technologies.  

DDMC brings together researchers, educators and practitioners from around the world and fosters an atmosphere conducive to developing new ideas and refining already existing research developments.

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