Tours were available to all registered delegates and exhibition stand personnel, during the online registration before Friday 27 September 2019.
Tours cannot be booked onsite.
Only ticket holders can take part in the tours. Tickets are non transferable.
Thursday 17 October
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH Visitor Service
Location: Jülich, Germany
The Tour: When you arrive at Forschungszentrum Jülich, a scientist will give you an overview of the research centre and the research topics they cover. During a bus tour, you will then get to know the two-square-kilometre campus with its research facilities. By visiting an institute, you will gain deeper insights into research goals and methods in a particular research field. Find out how more than 5,600 employees work towards providing comprehensive solutions to the challenges facing society in the fields of energy & environment and information & the brain. Together with the visitor guides, discover how they lay the foundations for future key technologies on their green campus situated in the middle of a forest.
Location: Mönchengladbach, Germany
About: SMS group is a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. It has some 14,000 employees who generate worldwide sales of about EUR 3 billion.
The Tour: SMS group built a pilot powder atomization plant on an industrial scale at its Mönchengladbach site. It is designed to produce high-purity metal powderfor 3D-printing. A 3D printer (type: laser based powder bed fusion) allows to perfectly align powder production and printing for reproducible, high quality and minimized costs.
Photonics Cluster on the RWTH Aachen Campus, IWM and WZL
Photonics Cluster on the RWTH Aachen Campus
The RWTH Aachen University Chair for Digital Additive Production DAP and the Fraunhofer Insitute for Laser Technology ILT are part of Aachen's expertise landscape regarding photonics and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technologies. They conduct industry relevant and fundamental research in the above-mentioned fields having direct access to numerous nearby research institutes: They work together in interdisciplinary teams to develop holistic and forward-thinking solutions.
The Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing ACAM links the various local research institutes and industrial companies. Thus, providing expert knowledge and forming a meeting place for open innovative collaboration.
During the tour, you will come across the approx. 30.000 m2 floor space accessible for photonics and AM research in the Photonics Cluster on the RWTH Aachen Campus. There, you will gain an insight into the different RWTH DAP as well as Fraunhofer ILT research activities and the available plant technologies, e.g.
- Demonstrator for new material in LPBF (magnesium, copper, high-speed steels, titanium aluminides etc.)
- World's largest commercial LPBF system (X-Line 2000R)
- Material development by utilization of extreme high speed laser metal deposition (EHLA) and powder blends
- Smart digital materials by using process characteristics of LPBF
The Institute for Materials Applications in Mechanical Engineering (IWM) focuses on applications in the fields of powder metallurgy, ceramics and composites materials. That includes modern powder based production routes of materials and parts, heat treatment of metallic components and design of materials and components concerning complex mechanical loads. Both, experimental testing and numerical simulation are used as solution approach. The IWM exhibits a significant experience in handling of various materials, like tool steels, high alloy stainless steels, cast iron, PM-steels, hard metals, intermetallic materials and oxide ceramics.
In Powder Technology, the main fields of research are:
- Numerical sinter simulation, especially simulation of Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Field Assisted Sintering (FAST) and Sintering of WC-Co hardmetal
- Development of powder technological manufacturing processes
- Development of powder technological process chains for Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF), Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) and the combination of both processes
- Correlation between microstructure and properties of additively manufactured materials
For more than 100 years, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University has been synonymous worldwide with pioneering research in production technology. In six research areas, basic research projects as well as research projects geared to the requirements of industry are carried out and, in addition, practical solutions for rationalising production are developed.
WZL includes the four chairs Production Metrology and Quality Management, Production Engineering, Machine Tools as well as Manufacturing Technology.
The objective of treating the entire field of production technology in one institute results in a broad field of work which is oriented towards the areas of development and design, quality management, organisation, work preparation, production and assembly as well as control and automation. These activities are continued on the RWTH Aachen Campus in the Production Engineering Cluster.