Hands-on research at Girls' Day and Augsburg Open 2023

On Girls'Day 2023, young girls were able to gain an insight into the research areas of processing and composites technology at our site in Ausgburg. Girls'Day offers girls the opportunity to get to know scientific and technical professions a little better and encourages them to choose a career in the MINT sector. A few days later, we opened our doors again for visitors of Augsburg Open 2023 to present our research activities to interested locals.

Girls' Day: Girls' Future Day at Fraunhofer IGCV

After a short introduction, the girls got straight to work at Girls' Day 2023: Together with Julia Förster, they set up our Additive Manufacturing machine and then watched it print a cube. The cats printed later in the same machine were allowed to be taken home as souvenirs by the schoolgirls aged between 11 and 17.   

In our second technical centre in Augsburg, Violetta Schumm provided exciting insights into the recycling of composites and answered the girls' many questions. Back at Technology Centre 10, the girls playfully learned with Annemarie Raber how to use Auto-ID technologies in the manufacturing process. They were allowed to put themselves in the position of a small factory and transported their production goods together with a UWB chip from station to station; afterwards they were able to trace and optimise the process.

We also welcomed some girls to our site in Garching near Munich together with the Chair of Forming Technology and Foundry Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. Here, the girls were able to experience how a cast metal component is created from a virtual model. They learned about 3D printing, formed a mould with sand and watched the casting process live. They also got a taste of everyday research in the laboratory.

Girls watching a running AM-Machine while Julia Förster explains the process
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The girls are allowed to help set up the large 3D printing machine under the guidance of Julia Förster.

Open Doors at the Research Technology Centre: Augsburg Open 2023

Augsburg Open 2023
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Also at Augsburg Open we presented our Additive Manufacturing Technologies.

Exactly one week after Girls' Day, we opened our research hall again: this time as part of Augsburg Open 2023. Dr.-Ing. Andrea Hohmann guided the group of visitors through our technical centre and explained the main research areas of the Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology.

In addition to an insight into sustainable production planning and control by Anja Munzke, the visitors were given the opportunity to take a close look at flexible automation solutions in our robotics centre with Albrecht Lottermoser. Afterwards, they could hold additively manufactured components from the 3D printer in their hands, while Dr.-Ing. Georg Schlick presented the AM laboratory and the research conducted there in the field of additive manufacturing.

All in all, both events were a complete success and we are already very much looking forward to the next open day or to young researchers at our institute!

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