Wilhelm Meiners, Dr.-Ing. and group leader at Fraunhofer ILT, presents at the 3D Printing Materials Conference: “Progress in process and materials development for Selective Laser Melting at Fraunhofer ILT”.
Selective Laser Melting (SLM) is currently the most relevant 3D Printing process for metal parts. The continuous extension of the spectrum of processable materials is an important R&D topic in order to enlarge the field of application for SLM. At Fraunhofer ILT the SLM process has been further developed, being able to manufacture parts out of e.g. copper alloys and bioresorbable materials. Furthermore high temperature preheating is used in order process Ni base superalloys without crack formation. Next to that the possibility to manufacture complex lattice structures offers great potential for a new class of light weight materials.
About Wilhelm Meiners
Studies of physics at RWTH Aachen University; PHD in mechanical engineering in 1999; 18 years of experience in Selective Laser melting at Fraunhofer ILT; Head of the Additive Manufacturing group at Fraunhofer ILT.
Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT
With about 420 employees and more than 11,000 m² of usable floorspace the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is worldwide one of the most important development and contract research institutes of its specific field. The activities cover a wide range of areas such as the development of new laser beam sources and components, precise laser based metrology, testing technology and industrial laser processes. This includes laser cutting, caving, drilling, welding and soldering as well as surface treatment, micro processing and rapid manufacturing. Furthermore, the Fraunhofer ILT is engaged in laser plant technology, process control, modeling as well as in the entire system technology. We offer feasibility studies, process qualification and laser integration in customer specific manufacturing lines.
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