Additive Manufacturing

3D-data Can Be Directly Converted into a Component

	Additively (SLM) manufactured wound spreader with internal channel and integrated RFID chip
© Fraunhofer IFAM

Additively (SLM) manufactured wound spreader with internal channel and integrated RFID chip

Additively (SLM) manufactured calibration tool with internal vacuum and cooling channels
© Fraunhofer IFAM

Additively (SLM) manufactured calibration tool with internal vacuum and cooling channels

Additively (SLM) manufactured calibration tool with internal vacuum and cooling channels
© Fraunhofer IFAM

Additively (SLM) manufactured calibration tool with internal vacuum and cooling channels

The Additive Manufacturing (AM) process, Selective Laser Melting (SLM), enables components to be made from metallic powders in almost any desired shape, including very complex shapes, from 3D-data.

The manufactured components acquire their geometry and density directly in the process. Common to all commercially established process variants here the principle is a tool-free, layer-wise build-up of the component based on its three-dimensional model.

Laser melting can be used for rapid product development, prototypes manufacture, one-off and small series production. Manufacturing mold tools for plastic injection molding and tool inserts for die casting makes part of the different applications of this technology. Altogether laser melting represents a mature manufacturing process that can be integrated to any existing process chain.

Energy-efficient and resource-efficient production


Conformal cooling channels, complex internal structures and free form geometries – Additive Manufacturing methods, unlike ablative (machining) processes, involve no additional effort such as tool adaptation.

Being both economical and fast, this production process opens up new opportunities for manufacturing functionally optimized components, for example in the healthcare, automotive and aviation industries.

AM represents to the end users an increase of resource and energy efficiency throughout the whole product life cycle.

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