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  • ExOne and Fraunhofer IFAM Deepen Partnership on Metal Binder, Materials Development

    Bremen, Germany / North Huntingdon, PA, USA / September 01, 2021

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    The ExOne Company (Nasdaq: XONE), the global leader in industrial sand and metal 3D printers using binder jetting technology, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (“Fraunhofer IFAM”), one of the most important independent research institutions in Europe, today announced they are deepening their partnership on binder and materials development projects following the success of CleanFuse™ metal binder.

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  • Clean Sky 2 – ACCLAIM l Automatisierte Montage: Hochpräzise Positionierung eines leichten Handgepäckfachs (Hatrack) an die Flugzeugstruktur mittels neu entwickeltem Hatrack-Roboter im Flugzeugrumpf-Demonstrator.
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    Under the project leadership of Fraunhofer, the participating consortia CALITO, EURECA, SIMFAL and VISTA succeeded in implementing automation solutions for the installation of specially developed lighter components in the project "Automated Cabin & Cargo Lining and Hatrack Installation Method" ("ACCLAIM"). Ergonomically improved working conditions also result from the man-machine collaboration achieved. The automation of installation steps developed in the project and the use of new types of brackets and assembly elements for faster installation of components could in future not only shorten but also reduce the production steps. This would increase efficiency in aircraft production and reduce fuel consumption in flight operations, while simultaneously reducing overall costs.

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    Morten Voß from the department ‘Adhesive Bonding Technology’ at Fraunhofer IFAM convinced the jury of the "6th International Conference on Structural Adhesive Bonding 2021" with his presentation "Validation and numerical studies of Curie-supported accelerated curing by means of inductive heating". Among 129 oral presentations, his contribution was awarded for the best scientific content and an excellent presentation quality. In front of an audience of around 300 participants from 27 nations, this year's conference was held in hybrid form on 8th and 9th July 2021 in Porto, Portugal.

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  • Das Kernteam der Purenum GmbH: Dr. Sebastian Stößlein, Manfred Peschka, Prof. Dr. Ingo Grunwald (v. l. n. r.)
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    In December 2017, Purenum GmbH started its business as a spin-off of Fraunhofer IFAM. Its mission is to develop biomimetic adhesives for use in medical technology. Bremen based Purenum GmbH has now succeeded in certifying a biocompatible hydrogel for the removal of kidney stone residues for endoscopic therapy. This milestone paves the way for clinical application on patients.

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  • Project logo GreenLight

    As lightweight construction materials, fiber-reinforced polymers have the potential to improve the ecological footprint of ships. If the fibers and plastic matrix are based on renewable raw materials, the ecological footprint can be further reduced. Integrating these materials as structural components is not state of the art and requires new concepts in shipbuilding. These concepts will have to regard strict safety regulations and fire protection requirements applying to passenger ships. The aim of the "GreenLight" project is to develop bio-based composites with intrinsic fire safety for use in load-bearing structures. The project will also cover manufacturing and recycling concepts.

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  • Blick in einen Sinterofen
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    In binder-based additive manufacturing processes, for example, organic binders have to be removed from the component by thermal treatment, a process which has so far been very energy-intensive. Researchers at Fraunhofer IFAM have succeeded in controlling these debinding processes to the point, thus saving a considerable amount of energy.

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