Representatives of seven leading companies and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) signed a memorandum of understanding at the AMTC conference in Munich with the aim of establishing/founding the “Bavarian AM Cluster” (BAMC).
Representatives of AUDI AG, EOS, GE Additive, Linde, MTU Aero Engines, Oerlikon and Siemens, as well as TUM, have agreed to establish the Bavarian AM Cluster (BAMC) as non-profit association in the spring of 2023. The aim is to facilitate a close and consortium-supported cooperation between companies and academia to overcome technical and economic obstacles on the way to the industrialization of additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing technology, also known as 3D printing, allows metallic components to be produced in a “layer by layer” manufacturing process.
Thanks to its ability to create significantly lighter structures with the same function using less raw material and also to set up production in a decentralized way, additive manufacturing can make an important contribution to the sustainability of industrial products.
The members of the cluster decide on the research priorities and the projects that are implemented jointly or within the framework of research contracts with TUM. In addition to initiating new integrative approaches to research and development, the cluster also aims to forge partnerships with other commercial companies and academic partners, develop innovative concepts of education and training and launch flagship projects to demonstrate the benefits of additive manufacturing.
The particularity of this cooperation is the close proximity of all the partners and institutions to each other since the association’s premises will be located on the Garching campus in the same building as those of the relevant TUM chairs, as well as those of TUM-Oerlikon AM Institute.
“With the Bavarian AM Cluster, Bavarian industry is clearly preparing for the future,” explained Professor Michael Süss, Executive Chairman of Oerlikon. “In addition to the AMTC congress and the AM Institute founded in February between Oerlikon and TUM, this is the third joint cooperation initiative for the industrialization of AM that we are launching. I am convinced that with the cluster, we are taking a decisive step towards the full integration of additive manufacturing into the industrial process. Professor Thomas Hofmann, President of TUM, adds: “With the AM cluster, we are further expanding research and development activities in the field of additive manufacturing here in Munich, thus maintaining Bavaria’s leading position in this field. technological.
In the building of the TUM campus in Garching, education, research and development are carried out on approximately 10,000 square meters and transferred directly to the production of economically attractive and technologically advanced products. The special thing here is that the university and the company conduct research together under one roof. This means maximum efficiency through the mutual provision of state-of-the-art research infrastructures and a rapid exchange of knowledge throughout the value chain and at all stages of maturity.
Currently, the final construction activities are underway so that the Chair of Additive Manufacturing Materials Technology (Prof. Mayr), the Chair of Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing (Prof. Wudy), the TUM-Oerlikon-AM Institute , Siemens and Oerlikon can quickly move into the building. It is planned to start research operations this winter, and the “Bavarian AM Cluster” will be founded in spring 2023.