Machine Engineering

Machine engineering is one of Germany’s key industries. The importance of this segment has led to the creation of new university degree programs in fields such as production and logistics, process engineering, vehicle/automotive engineering, production engineering and aerospace engineering among others.

innovations-report offers informative reports and articles covering technologies such as automation, motion, power train, energy, conveyor, plastics, lightweight construction, logistics/warehousing, measurement systems, machine tools and control engineering.

MOONRISE: Bringing 3D printing to the moon – Moondust melted under lunar conditions

“With these spheres, we have come a big step closer to 3D-printing on the moon”, explains Niklas Gerdes, a scientific employee of the LZH. A laser system…

Strong and ductile Damascus steels by additive manufacturing

Dr. Philipp Kürnsteiner, Prof. Eric Jägle and their team at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) designed, together with colleagues from the…

Reprogramming of macroscopic self-assembly with dynamic boundaries

Self-assembly is an autonomous process where complex and functional structures are created in a bottom-up manner by the organization of a large set of…

How interstitial ordering affects high-strength steels

The performance of materials is strongly influenced by their alloying elements: Adding elements beyond the basic composition of the alloy can strongly…

LED instead of laser or electron beam: New technology revolutionizes 3D metal printing

Selective LED-based melting (SLEDM) – i.e. the targeted melting of metal powder using high-power LED light sources – is the name of the new technology that a…

Escaping crisis with innovation: The University of Bayreuth founds a centre for 3D printing that is unique in Germany

“In the national and international research environment, additive manufacturing is usually viewed through the eyes of an engineer. But only if this future…

EU project GALACTIC develops supply chain for Alexandrite laser crystals

Laser systems in earth observation satellites generate data for the analysis of the earth's atmosphere and surface.

Finding natural resources in the deep sea with the laser

The system for laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) makes it possible to examine material samples for their atomic composition almost non-destructively.

The perfect thread guide

The use of textiles as fibre reinforcement in lightweight construction is well established, as successful application examples from the automotive and…

Drilling rivet holes in CFRP with the laser – efficient process for series components

The LZH scientists successfully tested the laser drilling process and the system on so-called “cargo struts”. These are C-shaped struts stabilize the cargo…

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