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Germany’s ACAM Lines Up Dynamic 2016 with Six New Member Projects & Series of Twelve Seminars

by • April 3, 2016 • No Comments

acam-logoThere’s 3D printing—and and so there’s world class 3D printing, such as that bringing place at the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM). With the goal to pass on tremendousise in 3D printing, along with training and consulting for teams around the world, ACAM is in the business of developing ‘strategic roadmaps’ and helping businesses integrate additive making into their production environments. Founded in 2015 and driven by the tenets and goals of their founding partners, ACAM contributes a range of services based on memberships of Basic (€12,000) to Business (€40,000) to Cooperation (negotiated).

They in addition operate on a networking concept that has become so talked about amongst the city’s institutes and innovation-oriented enterprises that now sixteen new partner companies have signed off on a dynamic program schedule for 2016 that can include six research projects and twelve seminars.

Route Planner for the AM 'roadmap.'

Route Planner for the AM ‘roadmap.’ [Photo: Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen]

Companies of around the world, which include Germost, Austria, Japan and Switzerland, are participating, joining in with representatives of six institute and campus-based enterprises may already involved inside the ACAM network. All 16 new partners have agreed to a detailed training and research program upon a new meeting at ACAM headquarters in Aachen, Germost.

As they start to get started on new research projects, it appears that momentum is highly driven by such positive response to the facility and ensuing work.

“One of the reasons why ACAM GmbH has been given a immense reception by such internationally renowned companies as Rolex, IHI, Linde, Toyota, Zollern, Otto Fuchs, Mitsubishi and voestalpine is the excellent number of presentations that it has given at all kinds of events, of Formnext 2015 through to a project meeting of the EU’s HORIZON 2020 Framework Program,” states the ACAM team in their latest press release.

Their partners create all things of gas to steel to luxury wristwatches and rocket engines. Cumulatively, their plan is to approach AM of all angles, with projects that can tackle:

Design, system, and business managementFurther educationFeasibility studies and consultancyDevelopment in the tremendous community

Partners succeded in vouchers totaling €154,000 for the six projects, that ACAM states can center around multiple issues, reflecting demands of the AM industry such as the analysis and assessment of production facilities, the qualification of materials for LMD and SLM systemes, through to the handling of metal powder and inquiries relating to health and safety at work.

Managing directors Dr.-Ing. Kristian Arntz (Fraunhofer IPT) and Dr.-Ing. Johannes Witzel (Fraunhofer ILT) have in addition brought forth first and joint research projects, that the facility sees as representing ‘important pathways’ on the AM strategic roadmap.

e-goA wide range of seminars start in May as well, targeting both startners to AM and those on a additional experienced level. With a total of twelve seminars being contributeed, ACAM has said that every one is of one to three days in duration, covering the next:

AM basicsInstruction in standard CAD softwareAM-compatible designOpportunities for AM in casting

Also contributeed on June 23rd is Additive Manufacturing Innovation Day. Experts of pro innovation and market information provider KEX Knowledge Exchange AG, the INC Invention Center (RWTH Aachen Campus), and Fraunhofer IPT can be on hand to contribute up new ideas in additive making ‘in a playful environment’ intended to inspire ACAM partners.

They manufacture it clear too, that their community is not closed, although the most project and seminar plans are rolling forward.

“ACAM is a expanding enterprise, and it goes without saying that it is open to additional partners,” says Ingrid Roll, responsible for Marketing & Community Management ACAM.

The next companies are involved so far:

Concept Laser GmbH, LichtenfelsFerdinand Bilstein GmbH + Co. KG, EnnepetalGKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH, RadevormwaldIHI Corporation, Tokyo (Japan)IXUN Lasertechnik GmbH, AachenLinde AG, MunichLUNOVU GmbH, HerzogenrathMitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)Oerlikon Metco, Winterthur (Switzerland)Otto Fuchs KG, MeinerzhagenOtto Junker GmbH, SimmerathRolex SA, Geneva (Switzerland)Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, HerzogenaurachToyota Motor Corporation, Toyota City (Japan)voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH, Vienna (Austria)ZOLLERN GmbH & Co. KG, Sigmaringendorf-Laucherthal

If you are interested in joining as a member or partner, find out additional at ACAM. We’d like to understand your thoughts on the programs and services they are providing. Discuss in the ACAM & 3D Printing forum over at 3DPB.com.