Project examples - Technology

ProFex – Process chain for the production of highly complex turbine parts

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Integration of additive technologies in the manufacturing of highly stressed producer goods like turbine components.

Focus areas

Identification of the quality-relevant manufacturing conditions

Design for additive manufacturing

Development of strategies for robust production (condition monitoring)

Research of suitable post processing technologies, e.g. shot blasting, flow and slide grinding

Test of manufactured parts in working operation


Industry-adaptable process chain for the additive manufacturing of highly complex turbine components, e.g. turbine blades and burners made of Inconel 718.


E. Uhlmann et al.: Flexible manufacturing with an additive process chain. Design, production and surface finish. In: ASPE 2015 Spring Topical Meeting. Proceedings : April 26-29, 2015,



Robert Kersting,

Platinum rhodium combustion chamber for space applications

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Special materials in aerospace are mandatory

Additive manufacturing offers new potential for the implementation of functionally optimized designs

Combustion chamber of Pt-Rh 80-20

Procedure: Powder selection and qualification, parameter development for the application of a Pt alloy for AM, production of a demonstrator component, component hot test

Successful performance of a hot test of the AM combustion chamber at Airbus in Lampoldshausen

Increased efficiency and performance

Transfer to other Pt alloys


Construction of a platinum-rhodium combustion chamber


F. Riß, D. Jaschik: Einsatz der Additiven Fertigung zur Herstellung von Brennkammern und Düsen aus Edelmetallen für Satellitentriebwerke, Rapid.Tech, 2015.


Dr.-Ing. Christian Seidel,, +49 821 90678-127

Development and Construction of a System for High Production Additive Manufacturing of Large Plastic Parts

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A high production system that additively manufactures large parts out of a wide range of plastics is being developed in the ongoing project HP3D funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (funding code: 02P14A025)

The system additively manufactures large parts with dimensions of up to 2000 x 2000 x 1000 mm

Build rates of up to 5 kg/h makes additive manufacturing of models and molds productive and cost effective, especially in model, tool and die making

A buoyant kayak and a sailboat helm wheel were the first demonstrators designed and manufactured


Klaeger, U., Felsch, T.: Robotergestütztes Fertigungsverfahren zur additiven Herstellung geometrischer Großbauteile. Rapid.Tech Erfurt 2016




Dr. Uwe Klaeger, +49 391 4090 809

Design and manufacturing of geometrically complex structures using laser beam melting

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The manufacturing of components containing lattice structures by laser-beam melting combines a weight reduction of the component with time- and cost savings during the production.

The characteristic values required for the prediction of their mechanical behavior by simulation are determined experimentally.

The automation and integration of the mechanical design process into the CAD environment simplifies the use of lattice structures for the user.

In the DFG project »Design and manufacturing of geometrically complex structures using laser beam melting GIHSL (289647464)«, the mechanical design of lattice structures is simplified for the user by automating and integrating the process chain into the CAD environment.

The use of lattice structures is particularly suitable for the manufacturing by means of laser beam melting to reduce the weight of components and for cost saving.

The mechanical design of components with lattice structures is hitherto not adequately possible, they are up to now only used for illustrative purposes.

The characteristic mechanical values ​​of lattice structures required for the design by simulation are determined in tensile tests according to E DIN 50099.

The exposure strategy for production is optimized.

A software tool integrated into the CAD environment simplifies the use of lattice structures on the basis of the determined characteristic values, from the topology selection over the design up to the generation of the data for manufacturing.

The project is carried out in cooperation with TUD / KTC.


Design and manufacturing of geometrically complex structures using laser beam melting GIHSL (DFG, 289647464)


MS&T 2017, KT 2017 (Abstracts accepted)


M.Sc. Richard Kordaß, Dipl.-Ing. Hannes Korn,

Generative Laser wire cladding

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The manufacturing of stamping tools contains currently complex and environmentally harmful etching processes.

The removed volume predominates over the remaining structure.

Laser wire cladding with fine wire is a alternative manufacturing process for the buildup of precise embossed structure on tools.

This procedure offers technical, economic and ecologic enhancements compared to the previous procedure.

User benefits results in an effective utilization of the material  (100%), high productivity and clean process condition.




COAXwire: Processing optic for laser wire cladding; Presentation held at 9. Internationales Lasersymposium und Internationalen Fügetechnischen Symposium "Tailored Joining" 2016, Dresden, 22.-24.2.2016


Franz Marquardt,
Robin Willner,


Additive multiple-material construction of tools and molds

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Adaptability of the additive manufacturing process for the production of optimized tools and mold inserts

Examples include tool molds and tool inserts in multi-material constructions with long-term coating to increase the endurance

A basic body is build with injection moulding from 1.2709 tooling steel. CCZ(Copper) is added at two different component areas to increase the heat dissipation. With these inset cooling structures made with high thermal conductivity materials, it is possible to improve the heat balance and thus decrease the cycle time




Anstaett, Christine; Seidel, Christian (2016): Multi-Material Processing. Next step in laser-based powder bed fusion. In: Laser Technik Journal (4), zuletzt geprüft am 16.11.2016


Christine Anstätt,, +49 821 90678-150


Functional combination of ceramics and metals

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Metals and technical ceramics have different material properties.  Typically ceramics possess a high hardness and a low conductivity. Thus they are used as isolators or as wear protection. Metals on the other hand are ductile and conductors.

Therefore a combination of both materials is advantageous in different areas (power electronics, sensors, energy technology).

Using an additive manufacturing process and the developed methods and system components from the Fraunhofer IGCV, it is possible to handle different materials in a single process.

In the CerAMics project it was shown that it is possible to process the material combination metal-ceramic.

Innovative powder applying procedures, devised by the Fraunhofer IGCV, were used.




Anstaett, Christine; Seidel, Christian (2016): Multi-Material Processing. Next step in laser-based powder bed fusion. In: Laser Technik Journal (4), zuletzt geprüft am 16.11.2016


Christine Anstätt,, +49 821 90678-150

Parameter study, quality assessment, and economic consideration

The progressive degree of technological maturity, size, and productivity of the newest facilities for Selective Laser Melting (SLM) enable the first industrial batch production of medium sized metallic components.

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Metallic components of max. dimensions of up to 400 mm³ or batch productions of medium sized components, respectively, are manufactured on a commercial SLM system of the newest generation (EOS M400).

An increase of component dimensions and the parallel manufacture of numerous components lead to new questions regarding process control and quality assessment.

The exposure strategy dependent resource consumption was considered in regards to process time, material-, and energy demand.

Findings from distortion analyses allow the suitable manufacturing of components under the consideration of process limitations regarding large-volume components.

The surface qualities and material homogeneity were assessed with the help of laserscanning microscopes and µCT measurements and were analyzed under the influence of thermal treatment.

Models of optimal process control in regards to conflict interactions during the process of batch productions were developed.

The newly developed approach enables a component-specific manufacture parameter choice for optimized results and adapted material performance.

Furthermore, economic analyses of production costs and usage of resources in the manufacture are carried out.


Aron Pfaff,, +49 761 2714 522