Category Archives: Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology

Fraunhofer’s TwoCure technology realized in industry-ready 3D printer

TwoCure, an innovative SLA-based 3D printing method created at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Germany, has been developed into a prototype additive manufacturing system. First presented by the institute and its partner German prototyping specialist Rapid Shape GmbH, TwoCure technology seeks to eliminate challenges associated with post processing. Support-free 3D printing  Like […]

Fraunhofer ILT to present new low-distortion LPBF 3D printing at formnext 2018

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT based in Aachen, Germany, has developed a new laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) based 3D printing method that reduces a component’s residual stresses and distortion. In a proof of concept test, Fraunhofer ILT scientists have 3D printed a component made from superalloy Inconel 718 that reportedly “demonstrated significantly reduced […]

Motorbikes, ships, scandium and NDT: inside Additive Manufacturing journal Oct. 2018

As seen from the highly efficient 3D printed batteries at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Missouri University of Science and Technology, the October 2018 edition of ScienceDirect’s Additive Manufacturing journal is now in progress. Volume 23 currently includes the work of 9 innovative research groups from leading institutions all around the world, including projects from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), the University of Cádiz and […]

3D Printing Industry Review of the year August 2017

It was earnings season in the 3D printing industry and we covered the financials of ExOne, SLM Solutions, Stratasys, Nano Dimension and Sigma Labs. It will be interesting to see how the projections made halfway through 2017 weigh up to end of year reports due for release in January. Small steps, big impact Perhaps the […]

Fraunhofer launches futureAM to reduce the cost and accelerate metal 3D printing

Contributing to a notable trend in the industry, five of Fraunhofer’s institutes dedicated to manufacturing technology have joined forces under a new project “to significantly accelerate” and reduce the cost of metal 3D printing. Titled Future Additive Manufacturing (futureAM), the project will align the expertise of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), with efforts at the […]

Fraunhofer ILT previews support-free “TwoCure” SLA 3D printing

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) and German prototyping specialist Rapid Shape GmbH have co-developed a new light based 3D printing technique. Challenging one of the main necessities of other 3D printers, the “TwoCure” process eliminates the need for typical support structures, making post processing parts easier than ever before. Free-floating 3D prints As […]

Fraunhofer launches “SLM in Green” project for 3D printed copper

Known for its malleability and typically ductile composition, copper is a seemingly ideal material for metal 3D printers. In addition, the metal exhibits a level of  thermal conductivity second only to silver, and high electrical conductivity making it desirable for industrial applications. It is this conductivity however that makes the metal notoriously difficult to work […]

Fraunhofer launches “SLM in Green” project for 3D printed copper

Known for its malleability and typically ductile composition, copper is a seemingly ideal material for metal 3D printers. In addition, the metal exhibits a level of  thermal conductivity second only to silver, and high electrical conductivity making it desirable for industrial applications. It is this conductivity however that makes the metal notoriously difficult to work […]