Manufacturing process

A unique laser method for stainless steel marking

Picosecond laser-based systems provide a turnkey solution for permanent, high-contrast marking of stainless. They are ideal for applications from unique device identifier (UDI) marking of medical devices to consumer appliances, with no negative…

Post-processing in series production

Automated post-processing as a prerequisite for industrial series production with metal 3D printing. Due to the use of design possibilities and freedom, which are no longer linked to the limitations of traditional production,…

3D Printing powder optimization is key to part quality and productivity

Refining powder characteristics like flow can enhance part quality, consistency, repeatability and productivity. The global 3D printing metals market is growing and expected to reach USD 3.05 billion by 2025, according to a…

3D printing on the threshold to mass production

Additive processes are now on the threshold of breaking into mass production within the manufacturing industry. Nevertheless, the use of generative manufacturing processes is still in its infancy in industrial production and many…

Optimizing the use of cleaning technologies

We know it from our own homes: bulky kitchen utensils and appliances are difficult to clean. In industry, complex components are more the rule than the exception and present big challenges for the…

Creating digital twins of materials

To ensure the digital networking of production systems and the optimization of material-specific requirements, we need to measure, analyze and replicate the changes in material properties in a process in which “digital twins”…

Presswerk 4.0: cutting downtimes in half, making manufacturing flexible

It costs companies a lot of money to have machines out of operation due to failure. This applies to press shops, too, the focus of fraunhofer’s presswerk 4.0 project. Researchers want to employ…

MANUFACTURING THE FUTURE: the evolution of Industrie 4.0

The future and prosperity of entire countries depend on the production of goods, just as many jobs in the USA and worldwide. The future of digitalized manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 rests entirely upon…

Analytical tool identifies production errors and their causes in real time

With its “Smart System Optimization“, Fraunhofer IPA has developed a tool that identifies errors in interlinked manufacturing systems and shows their root causes. In order to do this, high-performance machine control connectors and…

Automated and customized

The foUrth industrial revolution issues committing challenges to foundries and solution providers. the market more and more often asks for almost customized high-quality products. to grant them, the preliminary condition is an effectiVe…

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