Pooled Expertise in AM Technologies

“In the area of Additive Manufacturing, the applications and the transfer of know-how into the industry are particularly important!” (Source: J. Schleifenbaum)

“In the area of AM, the applications and the transfer of know-how into the industry are particularly important!” (Source: J. H. Schleifenbaum)

Along with RWTH Aachen University, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences and industrial partners, the two Fraunhofer institutes for laser- and production technology, ILT and IPT, form a strong network promoting additive manufacturing (AM) technologies at an international level. In addition to the Photonics Cluster, inaugurated in April 2016 at the RWTH Aachen Campus, the newly established DAP chair rounds off the great spectrum of AM offered by Aachen’s R&D landscape. This includes the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing, ACAM, as well as the BMBF Research Campus DPP, the Aachen Center for 3D Printing – a research group of Fraunhofer ILT and the FH Aachen University funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research –, and numerous other collaborations between science and industry.

With the newly established chair Digital Additive Production, DAP, the RWTH Aachen University will meet the increasing demand from research and industry for know-how about additive manufacturing technologies. Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum clearly places his interdisciplinary work in the service of making application-oriented research available to the industry. “In addition to research and education, the applications and the transfer of know-how into the industry are particularly important to me. The cooperative surroundings of the RWTH Aachen University, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and industrial partners will provide the ideal fertile ground for such developments. This way, we can sustainably strengthen the manufacturing industry and meet our obligations to our partners: generating viable solutions for them”.

By connecting the new DAP chair to the Fraunhofer ILT via joint industrial projects, the partners have paved the way to exploit R&D results for industrial applications. On November 1, 2016,  Schleifenbaum took over the leadership of the competence area “Additive Manufacturing and Functional Layers” at Fraunhofer ILT. With more than one hundred employees, this department focuses on developing additive production process chains and making them available to the industry. These include, among others, the development of machines, the planning of AM factories, the development of design and data tools for additive manufacturing, as well as comprehensive consulting services ranging from component consulting all the way to business case assessment for the manufacturing industry. In addition, the researchers in the competence area shall continue the development of laser processes for surface treatment, such as thin film processing, heat treatment and polishing.

Schleifenbaum managed the Tool Shop Metals department at the Phoenix Contact Group until July 2016, but before that he had already worked as a research assistant at Fraunhofer ILT. There he received his doctorate in 2011 in the field of Individualized Production after having studied mechanical engineering and economics at RWTH Aachen University and the Ecole Centrale de Marseille.

“I am excited by the challenge of contributing to the comprehensive training of ‘3D printing experts’ in the future, so that this relatively young, but extremely exciting and promising technology can be developed even further at the university. At the same time, we can take this know-how and use it in the industry profitably”, Schleifenbaum said, viewing his new tasks. “Also, I am looking forward to working with colleagues from ILT and its associated chairs. Many of them I still know from former times in Aachen.” (Source: Fh. ILT)

Link: Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, Aachen, Germany • Chair Digital Additive Production DAP, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Further reading: AKL’ 16: Experience Laser Technology Live, photonicsviews.com; 8th February 2016 • Grand Open­ing of the Pho­ton­ics Clus­ter on RWTH Aachen Campus, photonicsviews.com, 12th May 2016

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