Facilities

Metal AM Applications

ACAM has access to several machining platforms, including machines of renowned suppliers such as Concept Laser, EOS, Realizer, SLM Solutions and Trumpf. Different robot systems and tool machines with integrated zoom optics are at our disposal and can be used for blown powder or wire feeding processes. Internal cladding heads of different rig length and diameter are available as well as sophisticated process monitoring equipment. The entire equipment is continuously updated and adjusted to the specific needs of our research partners.

Polymer AM Applications

ACAM has access to more than 4000 square meters of laboratory space containing the latest equipment for polymer-based additive manufacturing. Multiple FDM and PolyJet machines are available for large volume components (e.g. Stratasys Objet 500, Objet 1000). Our partner, the Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components has special expertise regarding prototyping, small series production and rapid tooling, e.g. Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) technologies , while another partner,  the Institute for Toolless Fabrication, is an expert  in the mass production of consumer goods. As unique resource, a rolling 3D Lab (FabBus) is available for hands on training at the customer’s premises.

Process chains, machining and CAx

ACAM can build on a great deal of expertise in the field of process chain design in terms of decision making and software development. We can examine all manufacturing processes in detail, ranging from management tools for deciding which manufacturing processes are most suitable for a specific part, to the development and implementation of computer-aided manufacturing solutions. The equipment of the Fraunhofer IPT and WZL consists of all the relevant manufacturing technology: from conventional and multi-axis milling, diverse grinding and polishing systems to EDM, ECM and a large variety of laser-finishing machines. We can develop software solutions, from easy-to-handle stand-alone systems to integrated CAM modules.

Workshop and Meeting Facilities

The infrastructure offers maximum flexibility to allow groups – small or large – to participate in workshops, training seminars and conferences.

ACAM Partners

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology – ILT

With about 420 employees and 11,000 square meters of useable space, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, founded in 1985, is one of the most important contracting research and development institutes of its sector worldwide. Its experts develop and optimize laser beam sources and laser processes. In close cooperation with its clients, it uses laser technology to solve tasks for production, measurement technology, environment, energy, medical technology and biotechnology, all done in real life situations.

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology – IPT

The Fraunhofer IPT combines knowledge and experience in all fields of production technology. In the areas of process technology, production machines, mechatronics, production metrology and quality as well as technology management, we provide our partners and customers tailor-made solutions and immediately actionable results for modern production.

KEX Knowledge Exchange AG

As a professional technology and market information provider, our USP is to enable sustainable decisions. Located at the heart of a broad expert-network, we are in touch with the latest technology trends and involved with the development of innovations. By deploying unique information screening technologies, we support customers with systematic and scalable technology scanning, scouting and monitoring approaches.

Chair for Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components – PEM

The Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components – PEM represents path-breaking research and innovation in the area of electromobility. Its group Plastic Components  deals with cutting, forming and manufacturing methods as well as with coating technology. Its research is focused on  the plastic components for small series such as the production of electric vehicles. In addition to providing research and consulting activities, such as the tool and mold construction or the construction of prototypes, the scientists from PEM have access to a great range of machinery: portal milling machines, thermoforming systems, PUR-RIM systems and 3D printers.

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering – WZL

Across the world and for many decades now, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering – WZL of RWTH Aachen University has stood for successful and forward-thinking research and innovation in the area of production engineering. In six different work areas, the WZL does not only focus its research on fundamental theories and findings, but also on the application of findings in an industrial context. Furthermore, it advances practical solutions to rationalize production processes. The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering is headed by four professors: Christian Brecher, Fritz Klocke, Robert Schmitt and Günther Schuh.

The IWF – Institute for Toolless Fabrication

The IWF – Institute for Toolless Fabrication – is an affiliated institute of the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences. The institute focuses on 3D printing of plastics and metals, fabbers (FFF) for plastics, design and DIY strategies as well as education and training on 3D Printing. It is led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Gebhardt from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, Advanced Fabrication Technology and Rapid Prototyping. Gebhardt is a renowned specialist in the area of Additive Manufacturing.

Access Technology

Access provides Material competence. Deep knowledge of metal solidification since 30 years is based on numerous governmental funded and industry related projects. Thermodynamic Databases, fundamentals of solidification, phase kinetics and phase transitions, texture and grain structures and new materials and processes are the main research areas. Access is strongly involved in global ICME activities and has developed and uses own Simulation tools like MICRESS for microstructure formation or tools for property prediction of alloys. Laboratory and technology level equipment for solidification experiments, investment casting, heat treatment and an outstanding analytic department with SEMs, computed Tomography and more serve on the practical side.

Institute of Plastics Processing – IKV

The Institute of Plastics Processing – IKV at RWTH Aachen University, is Europe-wide the biggest research and education institute engaged in the field of plastics processing. IKV’s research activities comprise the processing of plastics and rubber in the fields of injection moulding, extrusion and rubber technology, part design and materials technology, composites, and polyurethane technology. IKV’s close contacts with industry and science, to get her with its outstanding facilities, ensure that students benefit from a comprehensive, practically oriented course of study. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann is Head of the Institute and Managing Director of the Association of Sponsors which includes more than 240 plastics companies from all over the world. He also holds the Chair of Plastics Processing at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University.

The Chair for Laser Technology – LLT

The Chair for Laser Technology – LLT of the RWTH-Aachen University is led by Prof. Poprawe and closely tied to the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology. Worldwide renowned for its scientific work in the field of laser source development, as well as laser applications in general, LLT is specifically engaged in the fields of Laser-based Additive Manufacturing (Selective Laser Melting (SLM) and Laser Metal Deposition (LMD)) of metals as well as laser drilling and ablation with ultra-short pulsed lasers.

Nonlinear Dynamics of Laser Processing – NLD

The Chair for Nonlinear Dynamics of Laser Processing – NLD of the RWTH-Aachen University is led by Prof. Schulz who is also head of the modeling and simulation department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT. The main focus of NLD is modeling and simulation of laser manufacturing processes like cutting, joining, ultra-short pulse ablation and drilling and laser additive manufacturing (LAM). By combining physical, mathematical and numerical reduction techniques with high performance computing, NLD and ILT develop structural mechanics solvers for LAM processes.

The Chair for Digital Additive Production – DAP

DAP provides in-depth research knowledge and competence to our partners and customers. Our work covers nearly all aspects of advanced AM technologies. From design to use, from metals to plastic, from production to end of life, from digital to real-life components, from AM-costing to value add – we’re at the very heart of AM!

Institute for Automotive Engineering – ika

Ika of RWTH Aachen University is Europe’s leading institute in automotive engineering, directed by Professor Lutz Eckstein. Starting from the idea to innovative concepts for components and systems up to vehicle prototypes we create and design the future vehicle. We therefore work in public-funded as well as bilateral projects for manufacturers and suppliers in automotive context. Ika employs more than 135 members of staff and over 200 student assistants. In addition to that more than 200 student research projects, bachelor and master theses are part of our research and development projects each year.