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Turbine from the 3D printer

Fraunhofer IFAM has developed a true-to-scale gas turbine that impressively demonstrates the current potentials and limitations of powder bed-based additive technologies. The technology demonstrator "Siemens SGT6-8000 H", a scaled model of a gas turbine for power generation on a scale of 1:25, was completely manufactured with additive processes except for the shaft.

 

Automated assembly system for solid-state LIDAR systems

Fraunhofer IPT has developed a system for the automated assembly of solid-state LIDAR systems so that such systems can soon be made available to the automotive industry at low cost. The prototype was integrated into a basic machine manufactured by the project partner Aixemtec GmbH and put into operation together with Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH, worldwide technology leader in LIDAR sensors.

 

Alternative powders for the additive manufacturing

At the Fraunhofer IFAM in Dresden, a new type of iron powder has been successfully processed and tested, which answers one of the cost questions in additive manufacturing and opens up new possibilities. With the newly tested production method, prices for iron powder can be achieved which are only around 10 % of current costs. There are also inexpensive alternatives for other materials, such as HDH titanium powder.

 

Condition Monitoring of Overhead Lines

The expansion of wind power plants in particular has led to leaps in performance in recent years. In addition to the optimal utilization of the high-voltage overhead lines, the rapid detection of hazardous situations is a central issue. Fraunhofer IMS has developed a sensor system with energy self-sufficient sensor modules for monitoring the operating parameters.

Fraunhofer magazine

The Fraunhofer magazine is a publication for research and innovation. The magazine is published half-yearly.