The aim of the research project is to optimise 3D printing (additive manufacturing) so as to ensure that the prototypes printed resemble the actual properties of the subsequent production parts as closely as possible. With AM Crash, the intention is to consider the entire process chain: from powder-bed-based laser additive production, through local and global thermal treatments, to joining processes. Research will also be carried out into the simulation capability of the process chain, in order to be able to minimise later test expenditure.
When presenting the certificate, Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek underlined the potential of this research concept: "The project shows how additive manufacturing can reduce the time from the idea of a new car to its market launch without compromising the predictive quality of crash safety. This cost saving can further strengthen the competitiveness and engineering competence of the automotive industry."
3D printing could reduce the time to market for "sheet metal" prototypes and spare parts manufactured without tools by up to 80%. To this end, EDAG is being funded to the tune of € 260 thousand by the BMBF. The project volume of this joint project amounts to € 1.5 million, € 800 thousand of which is BMBF funded.
Michael Brand, Fulda's Member of the Bundestag, was also enthusiastic and a little proud: "This is inventiveness and innovation 'made in Fulda'. In this respect, EDAG serves as an example of outstanding capability and potential - at national and international level. The importance for Germany as a research location is underlined not least by the goal-oriented funding by the BMBF and by the presentation of the certificate by the Minister herself.
Dr.-Ing. Martin Hillebrecht, EDAG's Head of Innovations, is delighted "at this tribute to our many years of research and development work on industrial 3D printing and to all the employees contributing to success, and thanks the BMBF for its support."
Holger Merz, CFO of the EDAG Group, emphasises "the importance of such cooperation projects for giving EDAG a head start in the additive manufacturing field, to develop new business in Europe".
Project leader Richard Kordaß is "already looking forward to working in close cooperation with the German-Polish project partners".