Research on additive manufacturing of smart multi-material components
Fraunhofer IGCV has been working on several projects since 2017: In ten technology projects, additive manufacturing processes are being researched for the production of smart multi-material components. These components consist of several metal alloys and are also equipped with sensors and actuators directly during layer-by-layer assembly.
Additive manufacturing processes have been in vogue for years - the production of individual one-offs and function-optimized components in small batches represent major advances, particularly for mechanical and plant engineering, the aerospace industry, and the automotive industry. The additional manufacturing technology option of placing several metal alloys and sensors and actuators in one component opens up entirely new solution spaces for users. Fraunhofer IGCV recognized this potential early on and has since been researching additive manufacturing processes for the production of mechatronic multi-material components.