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Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing

05.04.2016

The Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM) was founded in 2015 by a number of the city’s institutes and technology-oriented enterprises, and its network concept has really caught on. Even at this set-up stage, companies from Germany, Austria, Japan and Switzerland have already decided to participate. At the first meeting of partners, they joined representatives of the six institutes and campus-based enterprises involved in the ACAM network in approving an ambitious program for 2016: six research projects and twelve seminars.

Tremendous reception by industry


Route planner for the AM roadmap:16 new industrial partners agree a detailed training and research program during the first meeting of partners at the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM).

Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen.

ACAM partners produce a broad range of goods across many different industrial sectors – from gas and high-grade steel, luxury wristwatches, hybrid cars and tunnel boring machines, right up to aircraft and rocket engines. One of the reasons why ACAM GmbH has been given a tremendous reception by such internationally renowned companies as Rolex, IHI, Linde, Toyota, Zollern, Otto Fuchs, Mitsubishi and voestalpine is the great number of presentations that it has given at all kinds of events, from Formnext 2015 through to a project meeting of the EU’s HORIZON 2020 Framework Program.

In collaboration with the Aachen research network, which has come together to form ACAM GmbH, the 16 industrial partners are tackling the topic of additive manufacturing (AM) from every angle – ranging from projects on issues relating to design, process and business management; further education; feasibility studies and consultancy; through to the development of know-how in the expert community.

Both of ACAM’s managing directors, Dr.-Ing. Kristian Arntz (Fraunhofer IPT) and Dr.-Ing. Johannes Witzel (Fraunhofer ILT), have proposed initial joint research projects, and these will represent important pathways on the AM roadmap.

Launch with six research projects

The ACAM partners received vouchers worth a total of 154,000 euros, with which they selected six out of nine potential projects. These projects reflect the holistic nature of networking, since a great many issues are being addressed. These range from the demands on AM-based industrial process chains, the analysis and assessment of production facilities, the qualification of materials for LMD and SLM processes, through to the handling of metal powder and questions relating to health and safety at work.

A broad range of seminars for beginners and professionals

The seminars on offer will be equally broad-ranging. They will begin in May, in conjunction with ACAM’s research partners, and are aimed at AM beginners and experienced practitioners alike. The twelve seminars will last between one and several days, and they will cover areas such as the basics of additive manufacturing, the practical use of standard CAD software, AM-compatible design, and the opportunities for additive manufacturing in the casting industry.

A particular highlight is the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Day (June 23, 2016), when experts from KEX Knowledge Exchange AG (a professional technology and market information provider), the INC Invention Center (RWTH Aachen Campus), and Fraunhofer IPT will try out new AM ideas with ACAM partners in a playful environment.

Although the project is already underway, the network is not a closed community for insiders only. Ingrid Roll, who is responsible for Marketing & Community Management at the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing GmbH (ACAM), stresses this point: “ACAM is a growing enterprise, and it goes without saying that it is open to further partners.”

Companies can join the ACAM community as partners, for which the annual costs vary according to the membership model chosen: 12,000 € (Basic), 40,000 € (Business), or an agreed price based on an individually negotiated package (Cooperation). The following companies are already involved:

Concept Laser GmbH, Lichtenfels

Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH + Co. KG, Ennepetal

GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH, Radevormwald

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (Japan)

IXUN Lasertechnik GmbH, Aachen

Linde AG, Munich

LUNOVU GmbH, Herzogenrath

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

Oerlikon Metco, Winterthur (Switzerland)

Otto Fuchs KG, Meinerzhagen

Otto Junker GmbH, Simmerath

Rolex SA, Geneva (Switzerland)

Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, Herzogenaurach

Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota City (Japan)

voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH, Vienna (Austria)

ZOLLERN GmbH & Co. KG, Sigmaringendorf-Laucherthal

You can find more information on our homepage: www.acam-aachen.de

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Petra Nolis | Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT

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