The Aachen Centre for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM), located in Aachen, Germany, celebrated its official opening with a ceremony and networking event on September 23, 2015. Founded by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology IPT and for Laser Technology ILT, the new centre aims to help manufacturing companies employ the Additive Manufacturing method usefully and profitably for their production processes.
Both of ACAM’s Managing Directors come from the Fraunhofer institutes, one from IPT and the other from ILT. “We approach a topic here in an integrated way from project, advanced training, feasibility studies, consulting all the way to compiling knowledge in an AM community,” stated Dr Kristian Arntz of Fraunhofer IPT and joint Managing Director of ACAM.
Companies are able to participate at various levels as a partner in the ACAM community. “Starting in 2016, we will establish, along with RWTH Aachen University, a wide range of seminars tuned to the needs of the industry. In the long term, ACAM is striving for a qualified, certified degree for this area – thus, a Master or Bachelor of Additive Manufacturing,” stated Dr Johannes Witzel of Fraunhofer ILT and joint Managing Director of ACAM.
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