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Laser Zentrum Hannover
Change in Management
Scientist Changes to Supervisory Board
Big Rep and Etihad Airways Engineering
Alliance for Additive Manufacturing in Aviation
Big Rep and Etihad Airways Engineering have announced to jointly set out a roadmap for developing solutions for additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry. The aim of the partnership is to accelerate the use of additive manufacturing technologies in the aerospace industry, with a focus on cabin interiors, for new aircraft and for retrofitting. Etihad Airways Engineering intends to use its experience in the life cycle of aircraft cabins and the development of novel, additive cabin concepts. Big Rep, a company offering hardware, software, materials and services for large-format additive manufacturing, aims to become the world market leader in the digital manufacturing market through its partnership with Etihad Airways Engineering, among others. The partners agree that a broader range of polymer materials is needed for additive manufacturing that can pass the certification process for the aerospace industry. Today, one of the main reasons why additive manufacturing cannot make a breakthrough in aircraft cabin interiors is the lack of a wider variety of high performance certified materials. Both parties have agreed to jointly develop and test new material classes according to EASA and FAA criteria.
Handover of the Board’s Chairmanship
TU Dresden and International Partners
Research Network for Carbon Fibers Founded
Cooperations for Technical Materials
The manufacturer of equipment for additive manufacturing Ultimaker announced a number of collaborations with various global material producers. Ultimaker intends to work with DSM, BASF, Du Pont, Owens Corning, Mitsubishi, Henkel, Kuraray, Solvay and Clariant to use high quality engineering plastics and composites on Ultimaker printers. The initiative follows the increasing demand for materials that are compatible with Ultimaker printers for industrial additive manufacturing, according to the company. Ultimaker provides the cooperating companies with software containing knowledge from research and development and about the company’s printing materials. This allows partners to develop and maintain material profiles so that users can use these materials reliably and easily on Ultimaker printers. The material profiles are pre-configured and ready for use in the Cura software. This allows users to print automatically by accessing pre-configured settings in the software.