Research center at University of Paderborn officially starts operations

Research center at University of Paderborn officially starts operations

Paderborn, (PresseBox) - The Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) at the University of Paderborn officially started operations today.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Innovation of North Rhine-Westphalia, and representatives from the university and founding partner companies Boeing, EOS Electro Optical Systems, Evonik Industries and MTT Technologies participated in the opening events. Representatives of Siemens, Stratasys, Stükerjürgen and JetAviation, which officially joined the industrial consortium as new members, also took part in the opening activities.

The center was formed last year to further the development of direct manufacturing processes and systems. Direct manufacturing involves a variety of methods for the automatic, layered fabrication of component parts on the basis of a computer model.

Direct manufacturing processes and systems offer significant potential for reducing part production costs and enable the fabrication of more complex and more functional component parts. Examples of complex parts that can be made with direct manufacturing techniques include implants and hearing aid housings, wind tunnel models for aviation and racing, and turbine buckets.

"We are very pleased to welcome Siemens, Stratasys, Stükerjürgen and JetAviation," said Scott Martin, DMRC chairman of the board and senior manager of Direct Manufacturing at Boeing Research & Technology. "The new members will strengthen the industrial and technological basis of the research center and add valuable expertise in the development and application of direct manufacturing in areas such as turbine manufacturing and the production of plastics."

With the entry of the new partners, the DMRC is a considerable step closer to its objective of raising total funds of approximately 11 million Euros within the next five years. The new partners will enable the DMRC to employ more staff and to start more research projects.

"Especially in times of a global economic crisis, thinking and acting innovatively generates tremendous opportunities. The DMRC is a perfect example how industry and academia can work together successfully to chart the course for the future. This visionary view will pay dividends because those companies that have invested in modern technology and excellent research today will lead the way with the next upcycle," said Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, minister for innovation, science, research and technology of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

In the past months the research center was fully equipped with machines and technical equipment, funded by contributions of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the industrial partners and the university. "Our scientists and students can now perform the research in a new laboratory with ultra-modern direct manufacturing equipment from EOS, MTT and Stratasys as well as machines for materials and parts testing," said Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Risch, president of the University of Paderborn.

Research at the DMRC will be led by the professors of the University of Paderborn and carried out by its technical staff and students. Staff members from industry partners will also work on joint projects at the DMRC. Initial research projects will focus on the improvement of processes for laser sintering/melting technology for metal and plastic powder, as well as fused deposition modeling. A focus will also be placed on establishing industry requirements for materials, training, and developing standards.

Boeing

Boeing [NYSE:BA] is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Boeing Research & Technology, the company's central R&D organization, conducts its own R&D and works with top government, private and university research centers throughout the world to find the most innovative and affordable technology solutions for aerospace applications. For more information, please visit www.boeing.com

EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2007/2008 with revenues of approximately 70 million Euros, which is an increase of 17 percent compared to the previous year. The company employs 280 people worldwide, 230 of them at its headquarters in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information, please visit www.eos.info

Evonik Industries
Evonik Industries is the creative industrial group from Germany which operates in three business areas: Chemicals, Energy and Real Estate. Evonik is a global leader in specialty chemicals, an expert in power generation from hard coal and renewable energies, and one of the largest private residential real estate companies in Germany. Our strengths are creativity, specialization, continuous self-renewal, and reliability. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In its fiscal year 2008 about 41,000 employees generated sales of about €15.9 billion. For more information, please visit www.evonik.de

JetAviation

Jet Aviation Basel is a world-renowned completions and maintenance center employing more than 1,900 professionals. The facility has in-house design and engineering departments, along with on-site cabinetry, upholstery, fiberglass and paint shops. The organization is capable of outfitting jets as large as an Airbus A380 or the Boeing 747-8 series and has already completed numerous Airbus 319ACJ, A320 and Boeing B737, B757, B767 and B747-400 aircraft. Jet Aviation Basel also provides aircraft maintenance and repair services to a wide variety of business jets. It is a factory approved service center by Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault and Gulfstream. The location also holds a jet aircraft repair station rating by the FAA (#QV1Y440K), and the EASA (#CH.145.0232) in addition to approval certificates of 21 other national aviation authorities. Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. Close to 5,700 employees cater to client needs from over 25 airport facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America. For more information, please visit www.jetaviation.com.

MTT Technologies

MTT Technologies (MTT) has been a supplier to the aircraft and automotive industries for more than 50 years. For the last 20 years MTT has worked together with all suppliers of rapid prototyping (RP) and rapid manufacturing (RM) technologies. Since then MTT has achieved a leading position as a supplier of RM systems based on its Selective Laser Melting technology and for the on-going processing and production of multiples from RP and RM models. Furthermore, our systems are used at many education sites and industrial companies in more than 16 countries worldwide. MTT has 75 employees in factories in Lübeck/Germany and Stone/England with a turnover of 20 Million Euros in 2007. For further information, please visit www.mtt-group.de

Siemens

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. The company has around 430,000 employees (in continuing operations) working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for individual requirements. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technical achievements, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. In fiscal 2008, Siemens had revenue of €77.3 billion and a net income of €5.9 billion (IFRS). Further information is available on the Internet at: www.siemens.com

Stratasys

Stratasys Incorporated manufactures additive fabrication machines for 3D printing, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Its Fortus products (formerly known as the FDM Group) offer a line of 3D production systems used for direct digital manufacturing and precision rapid prototyping. Fortus systems create manufactured goods or prototypes directly from 3D CAD data using industrial thermoplastics, including ABS, polycarbonate, PPSF, blends, and ULTEM* 9085. Stratasys patented and owns the additive fabrication process known as FDM. In 2007, Stratasys supplied 44 percent of all additive fabrication systems installed worldwide. For further information, please visit www.Stratasys.com and www.Fortus.com

Stükerjürgen

Since 1967 Stükerjürgen offers a variety of products and services e.g. tool design, R&D, injection-moulding, extrusion, exjection-moulding, thermoforming. Furthermore Stükerjürgen is specialized in production of EMC®parts. EMC®products are combined extrusion-moulding parts with smooth transitions. Since 1981 these assemblies are installed directly into aircraft. Our products are manufactured out of thermoplastic materials which are permitted for aviation purposes, e.g. PC, PEI, PEEK, PA. The company SAC is approved acc. to Part 21A Subpart G and audited acc. to EN 9100. Stükerjürgen aims to drive DM technology development in aerospace applications in order to complement its current set of production technologies.

Universität Paderborn

The University Paderborn is a young (founded 1972), dynamic university with a profile primarily focusing on interdisciplinary cooperation across scientific disciplines and faculties. That has led to the development of a number of core competencies in the technical and scientific domain such as intelligent technical systems, mechatronics, optoelectronics, lightweight construction and polymer materials. Special focus is also put on a strong interconnection of internationally recognized basic research with application-oriented research. For further information, please visit www.uni-paderborn.de / www.dmrc.de.

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