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What are the benefits of Additive Manufacturing (AM) for toolmaking? The Fraunhofer-IPT wants to answer this question. You can still register as a project partner.

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The Fraunhofer-IPT is looking for the potential of additive manufacturing for tool and mold making.
The Fraunhofer-IPT is looking for the potential of additive manufacturing for tool and mold making.
(Source: Fraunhofer IPT)

In May, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) together with the WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie will launch a consortium project on the topic of “Additive Manufacturing in Toolmaking”. During the seven-month project, the participating companies will learn more about those additive manufacturing (AM) processes that are of interest to tool manufacturers. In addition, the project partners analyse technological and economic potentials as well as possible business models.

In the first phase of the project, the project partners will determine the benefits of additive manufacturing for tool making by means of a detailed key figure-based benchmarking. Not only different processes, machines and materials are examined, but also promising applications. The technology analysis is the content of the second project phase: In three workshops, concrete application possibilities of additive manufacturing are developed for the partner companies. For this purpose, the opportunities and challenges of AM application as well as the cost-benefit ratio of different AM concepts will be analysed. In the final project step, the partners put the identified potentials into practice. For this purpose, they develop new business models which Additive Manufacturing can offer to the toolmaking industry.

During the practice-oriented project, several visits to companies that have already successfully integrated AM into their production are on the agenda. On site, the participants will learn how successful integration into existing process chains can be achieved while continuing to ensure process and product quality.

The consortium project is aimed at all tool and mould making companies and all related companies in individual and small series production. Interested companies can register until 26 March 2020.

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