German based Additive Manufacturing company Bionic Production AG, a spinoff of Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH in Hamburg, will move to a new location at the former Leuphana Campus Volgershall in Lüneburg, Germany, early 2018. The company plans to create a ‘Bionic Smart Factory’, which it states will offer a new manufacturing concept for complex 3D printing.
“Additive Manufacturing methods gain importance in the industry, as new and more individualised products have to be produced more efficiently, with less material and in even lesser time. Additive Manufacturing, digital business models, and Industry 4.0 offer additional potential to save costs,” stated Wolfgang Bülow, CEO at Bionic Production AG.
“With the Bionic Smart Factory we have created a factory structure that enables design inspired by nature and hence, offers tremendous cost savings. As a combination of Additive Manufacturing, bionic optimisation, and digitalisation along the process chain our factory enables new approaches for an economical production of individualised products.”
The Bionic Smart Factory is reported to be a highly efficient production site for digital production and manufacturing, equipped with AM machines for various materials and systems for post production steps. At its final stage of expansion, the facility will have around 20 AM machines at its site in Lüneburg.
The new factory will not only be a production site, integrating Additive Manufacturing into the entire development, manufacturing and logistics chains, it will also be the base for innovative research and development projects, which will be conducted jointly with Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH. Designed as a Campus, the Bionic Smart Factory offers future engineers the opportunity to work on and research innovative concepts jointly with developers and researchers.