Katharina Fegebank, Deputy Mayor of Hamburg, and Dr. Raoul Klingner, Director of Research at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, signed a location agreement Thursday (January 26, 2018) sealing joint, expanded activities in 3D printing and nanotechnology over the next five years. The move comes following the senate’s approval of over EUR 30 million in funds and after two leading research institutions in Hamburg were officially transferred to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft on January 1, 2018 in the wake of negotations with the German government and the state.
Fraunhofer linking science and commerce
The optical specialist LZN Laser Zentrum Nord joined the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft as the Institute for Additive Production Technology (IAPT) to develop these technologies through applied research. Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, noted: “Innovations are guarantors of economic development and prosperity. Linking outstanding science with commerce, Fraunhofer’s model for success, is crucial to Hamburg’s innovative and competitive ability.”
Scholz added: “Two excellent institutes, the Fraunhofer IAPT and the Fraunhofer Center for Applied Nanotechnology (CAN), will gain even more clout now that they have been transferred to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The expansion of Fraunhofer’s activities, documents the nascent, but very successful co-operation between Hamburg and the Fraunhofer.”
From idea to product
Katharina Fegenbank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality, remarked: “Hamburg is well on the way to become a leading centre of research and innovation in Europe. 3D printing and nanotechnology are future-orientated fields which are important catalysts of innovation and our city’s development.” Application-orientated research is crucial to transferring knowledge gained from fundamental research to market-ready products and thus has a great influence on people’s everyday lives.
Catalysts of innovation – 3D printing and nanotechnology
Additive production technology helps lower manufacturing costs, dispenses with certain process steps and facilitates custom-made products as well as diverse additional functions. Nanotechnology covers a wider range of new, cross-sectional technologies involving materials, components and systems. Nanotechnology is already part of everyday life and leads to all kinds of products such as displays, LED, solar and fuel cells, sun creams and diagnostic medical equipment.