Individual products created with the 3D printer
Rapid prototyping machines - commonly known as 3D printers - have nothing to do with the traditional concept of printing. Metals, plastics or other materials are added layer by layer until the complete model is finished. What began in 1987 as a simple rapid prototyping machine for models can now be used for creating an operational engine block by means of additive manufacturing. In the GoetheLab, founded by Prof. Dr. Andreas Gebhardt in 2010, FH Aachen works intensively on both researching and further developing the machines. "Wherever individual solutions are needed, or small serial products are created, 3D printing makes sense," explains Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bremen, head of the laboratory. The GoetheLab cooperates closely with companies from the private sector, such as the automotive industry, medical technology or tool manufacturing. However, the laboratory also frequently collaborates on projects from other faculties.
Wherever individual solutions are needed, or small serial products are created, 3D printing makes sense
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