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Bugatti Bremssattel aus dem 3D-Drucker © Hamburg Invest / Stefan Groeneveld

Brake calipers from a 3D printer

Fraunhofer IAPT to show largest functional titanium component made with generative production techniques at Hamburg's joint stand

With almost 6,000 exhibitors and up to 240,000 visitors, the Hanover Trade Fair is the world’s largest industrial trade fair. Hamburg last hosted a combined stand at the fair in 2003. The northern metropolis will be present this year again from April 23-27. The Hamburg-based Fraunhofer IAPT (Fraunhofer Institute for Additive Production Technologies) is exhibiting a milestone in additive manufacturing in the automotive sector at Hamburg’s joint stand: the first vehicle brake calipers from a 3D printer.

The worlds of digital construction and production have been thoroughly integrated in this joint project, for which Volkswagen’s Bugatti marque called in 3D printing experts from the Fraunhofer IAPT (formerly Laser Zentrum Nord). The outcome is the largest ever functional component made of titanium using generative production.

Pioneer project

The new eight-cylinder monobloc brake caliper is the first brake caliper for cars to come off a 3D printer. “Over recent years, Hamburg has deliberately expanded infrastructure for co-operation between research and business, with a view to boosting knowledge-based value creation. We are proud of the fact that we are able to present a 3D-printing pioneer project at the world’s largest industrial trade fair,” said Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator for Economics.

Katharina Fegebank, Hamburg’s Deputy Mayor and Senator for Research, is to attend the Hamburg reception at the fair on Wednesday (April 25, 2018). “Any production location’s future lies in research and innovation, along with co-operation between scientific research and business. Over recent years we have initiated a lot in Hamburg,” Fegebank said.

Long-term co-operation

“The Fraunhofer IAPT is one of many outstanding scientific institutions with which we have built up extremely useful cooperation over the years,” said Frank Götzke, Head of New Technologies at Bugatti, with responsibility for the development of materials and manufacturing technology, virtual technologies and technology management. He added: “Unique expertise and mature engineering technology, especially in the area of working with titanium were already on tap there for very many other projects, mainly in the aeronautical sector.”

Future Hamburg

The Fraunhofer IAPT is one of eleven exhibitors at Hamburg’s joint stand in the Research & Technology Hall. Under the title Future Hamburg, the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY), the European XFEL GmbH, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) ScreeningPort, the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services (CML), the Fraunhofer Institute for Additive Production Technologies (IAPT), the Hamburg Innovation GmbH, Hamburg Invest, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), Orokoko GmbH, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research GmbH are exhibiting at Stand 26.

The stand has been organized by Hamburg Invest, the one-stop agency for industrial relocation and investment in Hamburg. Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, Managing Director, noted: “Hamburg has a long tradition as a site of innovation. A large number of significant processes and products have been developed on the River Elbe. And to this day Hamburg remains one of the most important locations for development in Germany. We will make that evident in Hanover.”

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