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Additive Manufacturing

Layer for Layer to Serial Production

For the successful market introductions of innovative products, short development leadtimes and a high launch quality are prerequisites. Offering the possibilities to generate prototype samples based on CAD data, additive manufacturing methods have been supporting those targets for more than two decades. Starting with Stereolithography (SLA) in 1987 and continuing with the development of new processes like Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and others, optimized additive manufacturing methods are nowadays in some business segments targeting the series production. 

Especially the efficient production of relatively small annual quantities of plastic parts, as for example in nice segments of the car industry or in the spare parts business and even in airframe manufacturing, is one of the goals that can be achieved by using additive manufacturing methods. 

The production of technical parts requires reproducible product quality parameters and thus reproducible processes and material characteristics at reasonable costs.
Even if some companies already use additive manufactured parts in their series production, jumping over the hurdle for a wider range of articles requires to optimize the break-even point by cost reduction and process improvements.

To support mainly small and medium sized companies in building up additive production facilities and know how, the SKZ has started to set up a competence center for additive manufacturing systems, focused on SLS and FDM technology.

The main targets of the new SKZ competence center for additive manufacturing are: 

·         R&D activities closely linked to applications
·         Support for Quality controlled performance
·         Cost reduction by optimization of processes and material
·         Development of new materials with customized properties
·         Process consulting for companies
·         Training and education of staff

We are looking forward getting your requirements for this exciting new area of activities.

Model of a clamping unit made by SLS with polyamide 12