Wherever innovations and personalized products are desired: With almost unlimited freedom of design, additive manufacturing technologies open up new perspectives to achieve design solutions. These types of manufacturing techniques barely set any limits to the spirit of innovation. Additive manufacturing techniques follow the trend towards customized products and will allow for serial production in the future.

To convert the potentials included in additive manufacturing techniques so that they can be used for multifunctional components, the new Collaborative Research Centre 814 does fundamental research on that technology. The most important thing here is to look at the process chain from beginning to end. This not only includes design and process simulation, but also especially characteristics, creation and modification of suitable materials and their reactions in the molding process, up to the final component.

First, there is the fundamental analysis of existing powder and beam-based additive manufacturing processes. A multidisciplinary team of researchers explores which holistic strategies concerning material and process have to be developed and implemented to achieve optimum results, i.e. to gain a broad basis of fundamental inter-relations in regard to optimized component properties. This includes:

  • Preprocessing (component design and simulation, raw material properties)
  • Processing (generation of geometry)
  • Postprocessing (component testing)
  • Quality assurance
Prozessablauf additiver Fertigungsverfahren

While doing this, the CRC 814 also creates the basics for the production of geometrically complex and highly functionalized multi-material systems, as well as for computer-aided component design and mechanical testing. It is divided into three major-areas:

  • Project-area A: Powder- / Materials
  • Project-area B: Processes
  • Project-area C: Components

To achieve the challenging targets of the “Additive Manufacturing” Collaborative Research Centre, the 14 sub-projekts closely work together on all levels - including the working groups “powder technology”, “measurement methods” and “modeling”, which were especially established for this purpose.