Integration of Additively Manufactured Structures in Castings

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Two of the main competencies at Fraunhofer IFAM are casting technology and Additive Manufacturing (AM) in the field of metals. A current research area concerns the local integration of additively manufactured metal structures in castings with a focus on multi-layered functionalized SLM metal structures that are locally embedded in the casting during the high-pressure casting process.

The aim of the technological development is a combination of the advantages of Additive Manufacturing, with its high potential for complexity, and the more cost-effective metal casting process. At the same time, this combination enables the limitations of both processes to be eliminated.