Methods of product development
In the field of additive processes, we develop manufacturing processes such as Selective Laser Melting (SLM). With SLM as a rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing process, metallic and ceramic components and tools are produced.
The work of our member institutes includes process engineering, physical and materials science fundamentals, modelling to support and optimize process development, and the development of components for beam guidance and shaping, powder supply and process monitoring and control. Furthermore, we develop and install complete pilot plants.
Tools of product development
Today, in many industries, standard products from various CAD modular systems are selected and used. However, the last components that have the real contact with the product are manufactured at great expense and effort for each individual product and in single pieces or very small series.
By additive manufacturing technologies our member institutes improve not only punctual the quality of partial functionalities, but manufacture also whole function building groups directly, which are operational without further assembly steps.