Anyone involved in Additive Manufacturing knows that there is no way around one topic: Materials. Therefore, it is no surprise that our Materials working group, headed by Dr. Tina Schlingmann (EOS), is still the largest cooperation within our network with more than 130 active participants. Here, representatives of more than 70 member companies pool their interests to understand market needs, discuss application-specific material properties or even identify individual material technology solutions.
Since the topic of materials as such is very broad, the working group has divided itself into 6 focus groups, each dealing with different aspects. Three of these focus groups have news to report in the past weeks:
Focus group Metals:
Prof. Kai Hilgenberg and Dr. Dirk Bettge from the German Federal Institute for Materials Testing and Research (BAM) have performed light microscopic and fractographic investigations on samples from the Round Robin Test (AlSi10Mg), which they would like to present to the network. Join the virtual meeting and learn more about the fracture behavior du especially the causes of fracture on November 05.
Furthermore we have a new member in the focus group: Tobias Stittgen (Ponticon) will support us in the lead from now on! – Tobias, we welcome you & are looking forward to your participation!
Focus Group Market Needs:
Innovative AM technologies increase machine output. To be able to map this increase in machine capacity across the entire process chain, it is at least as important to take a closer look at downstream post processing and develop the complete value chain. With the support of Florian Künne (Post Process Technologies), Markus Glaßer (EOS) and Benjamin Haas (SLM Solutions), the focus group discussed the relevant issues and challenges in a workshop.
Under the leadership of Benjamin Haas, the focus group also dealt with the cost drivers of Additive Manufacturing. Using a joint piece as an example, the potential of bionic design to reduce costs was specifically examined. Thanks to the support of Christian Potzernheim-Zenkel & Jörg Christian Steiner (Voestalpine) and Burghardt Klöden (Fraunhofer IFAM), the joint piece has now been manufactured in a total of three bionically optimized technologies.
Elastic Polymers (previously Elastomers):
The Elastic Polymers focus group was the initiator of the newly launched Materials Compass on WeBoostAM. Further materials have already been added by the focus group High Performance Polymers. Metallic materials will follow in the next step. We would like to thank Bart Engendahl (Chromatic 3D Materials) and Simon Treiber (BergerS2B) for their active support!
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