Fraunhofer Research Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology (IGCV), Augsburg, Germany, and Nikon SLM Solutions Group AG, Lübeck, Germany, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at this year’s Formnext, in which they declared their intention to expand joint work and make the knowledge gained accessible to the wider Additive Manufacturing community.
Nikon SLM Solutions and Fraunhofer IGCV have been collaborating for almost a decade on multi-material metal Additive Manufacturing. While a vast majority of that time the joint team was operating in stealth mode, they decided to more and more publish about common multi-material achievements.
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With the signed MoU, Nikon SLM Solutions and Fraunhofer IGCV are putting their findings into a framework accessible to the industry. The main goal is to inform the community about new possibilities, allow them to adapt, develop new applications and demands, while further fine-tuning the processes and machines. Recent works cover industrial applications for aviation and aerospace, automotive, as well as tooling and jewellery.
Nikon SLM Solutions is also continuing its Pioneer Program, which allows interested parties to join an early-access programme to the technology and support provided by Fraunhofer IGCV.