Additive Manufacturing

 

Laser Beam Melting (LBM)

LBM is currently the most commonly used method for the additive processing of metal powders.

The generative process of Laser Beam Melting can be used to manufacture components from metallic powders into almost any shape, even very complex ones, directly from 3D CAD data.

 

Selective Electron Beam Melting (SEBM)

Selective Electron Beam Melting (SEBM) is a powder bed-based beam-melting process for additive manufacturing of metallic components with a complex shape. The powder is selectively melted layer by layer with an electron beam.

 

Metal Binder Jetting (MBJ)

Metal Binder Jetting is a layer-by-layer manufacturing process in which a binder is deposited using printer heads – similar to inkjet printing – to create a green body in which the binder acts as an adhesive for the metal powder.

 

3D Materials Printing (3D Screen Printing)

Three-dimensional screen printing is unique in that it is the only additive process that is suitable for mass production. The 3D screen printing process involves printing layers of powder paste through a screen to produce a sinterable green body. Optional screen changes can be used to obtain the desired variety of shapes.

Our R&D Competence

  • Materials development
  • Consulting service for material selection and tailoring
  • Development of filaments, pastes and inks
  • Powder analysis
  • Component design and manufacture
  • Heat treatment
  • Production of prototypes and small batches
  • Support for implementation into series production
  • Economic feasibility studies

The comprehensively equipped additive manufacturing application center at Fraunhofer IFAM in Bremen comprises the complete process chain for LBM and MBJ.

At Fraunhofer IFAM in Dresden, the Innovation Center Additive Manufacturing ICAM® brings together SEBM, 3D Screen Printing and FFF under one roof to provide thorough access to the various possibilities of additive manufacturing technologies.

What we offer

  • We cover the complete value chain for the additive processes we have available at Fraunhofer IFAM – from the creation of 3D data models, through manufacturing, to final processing and inspection of the components.
  • Technological benchmarking from material to component for all processes available at Fraunhofer IFAM – in comparison to conventional manufacturing as well as comparing between the additive processes.
  • Materials development for all described processes, together with the necessary process adaptations – the material palette ranges from lightweight metals, such as aluminum and titanium, to hard metals and high-melting alloys.
  • Support for process integration – execution of technology studies and market analyses.
  • Comprehensive analysis from powder to component to ensure that the processing sequence is robust.
  • Customer-specific training courses and workshops.

Owing to its far-reaching networking and active cooperation in national and international committees, Fraunhofer IFAM is directly involved in shaping the future of technological development in the field of additive manufacturing –
for the benefit of our customers.