17. May 2016

The vbw Council for the Future of the Bavarian Economy - Part 7: Technological applications

Bavaria’s economic and business success is owed in great part to the technological leadership of its companies. It is vital that the excellent research and development activity in Bavaria is translated into innovative technologies in order to strengthen growth, prosperity and social cohesion in the state. The Bavarian Industry Association (vbw) Council for the Future of the Bavarian Economy has showcased some of these innovative Bavarian technologies that are aimed at tackling challenges like globalization, demographic change as well as questions regarding the supply of energy and resources and climate change.

Lightweight structures for 3D printing

The project group “resource-efficient mechatronic processing machines” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU produces lightweight structures for additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, a method used for the quick and cost-effective fabrication of three-dimensional models, prototypes, tools and end-products.

The aim of the project is to design structures for additive manufacturing. Designs based on principles of nature can increase competitiveness: energy consumption during operation is reduced and resources are used in an economic and ecological way.

Additive manufacturing is of great importance for the digitization of the manufacturing sector (or Industry 4.0). For instance, it allows for the rapid and cost-effective production of prototypes or individual spare parts. Even special structures from various raw materials can be actualized in this way. One field for such application is in medical implants.

For more information on the vbw Council for the Future of the Bavarian Economy, please visit the website (in German).