11 March 2019
FRAUNHOFER DRESDEN-GERMANY, INAUGURATED THE INNOVATION CENTER ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
Dresden Fraunhofer institute bundles technologies for additive production under one roof. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden, the "Innovation Center Additive Manufacturing" (ICAM) was inaugurated on March 7, 2019.
Here, the Dresden research institute combines various technologies for additive manufacturing in a newly constructed technology hall in order to be able to demonstrate to partners and users a wide range of possibilities for the generative manufacturing of three-dimensional components under one roof in the future. The newly opened ICAM houses several facilities for Selective Electron Beam Melting (SEBM), including the Q20plus from the Swedish manufacturer ARCAM EBM. This is the system with the largest build chamber currently available for SEBM. Selective Electron Beam Melting is a powder-based process for the generative manufacturing of three-dimensional components. The powder bed is selectively melted in layers by the electron beam.
No additional tools or moulds are required for the process and designs can be implemented almost freely. Another advantage is that SEBM saves raw materials in particular. In addition, the so-called AMCC line (Additive Manufacturing Complete and Compact) of project partner Xerion, a prototype production line for 3D components using Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), will be set up here in the coming weeks. While this process is known for the generative manufacturing of plastic components, Fraunhofer IFAM is now expanding its range of materials to include metallic components that were previously not possible.
This makes a much wider range of applications possible. With this decisive further development the institute can contribute its many years of know-how in the field of powder metallurgy to a well-known process and, thus, combine tried and tested processes with new materials.
For more information contact Mrs Cornelia Müller, Editor:
FRAUNHOFER Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM
Branch Lab Dresden
D-01277 DRESDEN / Germany
Ph. +49 351 2537555