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Hamburg Researcher in the "Circle of the Best" of the German Future Award

Prof. Claus Emmelmann, LZN Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH, has been recognised by Joachim Gauck for his outstanding achievements in 3D printing

On 2 November, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Claus Emmelmann was honoured by Federal President Joachim Gauck for his outstanding research in the field of 3-D printing.

3D Printing Saves Cost

The project “3-D printing in commercial aircraft – a manufacturing revolution takes off” is one of the best and most innovative research projects in Germany. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Claus Emmelmann is the CEO of the Hamburg LZN Laser Zentrum Nord and the director of the Institute for Laser and System Engineering at the Technical University Hamburg (TUHH). Together with Peter Sander from Airbus and Frank Duke of Concept Laser, he is now a member of the “circle of the best”.

Hamburg – Strong in Research and Business

Katharina Fegebank, Hamburg Minister for Science, Research and Equality, said: “I congratulate Claus Emmelmann, Peter Sander and Frank Herzog on this award. With their invention, they have revolutionised an entire industry. Thanks to the 3-D printing technology, material and energy consumption in the manufacturing of aircraft parts can be significantly reduced, allowing weight savings of up to eighty percent. This contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions by future generations of aircraft. This ground-breaking research shows once again the strength of Hamburg in science.”

Prestigious Award

With the Deutscher Zukunftspreis (German Future Award), the Federal President honours outstanding achievements in technology, engineering, and natural science that have resulted in marketable, ready-for-use products. In 2015, the prize was awarded this year for the 19th time. It is endowed with 250,000 euro. 2015’s winner is the team of the project “A relief for heart and lung – from nitroglycerin to innovative therapies”.

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