Additive Manufacturing has clearly paved its way into industrial application. In medical and dental, aerospace, automotive, energy and other industries, additive manufacturing of products made from metals, polymers and ceramics has opened up new business opportunities and customized solutions even and particularly at small lot sizes.
Whereas in the past the R&D focus of academia and industry was on the development of the AM processes, today’s emphasis is also placed on the materials used. Very obvious, a major challenge associated with additive manufacturing of high performance, high value products is reflected in the fact, that AM processes not only create complex-shaped parts but generate the material at the same time. Thus, for all classes of materials used in AM, the interaction between materials and processing requires a deep understanding in order to control microstructure, avoid defects and distortion, enable functionalization and finally deliver high quality products beyond current standards. In this year’s Materials Week 2021 topic »Additive manufacturing - innovative materials«, worldwide leading experts will shed light on the often unrecognized yet paramount importance of materials for additive manufacturing.
Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden
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