The Technical University of Munich (TUM), Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde are reportedly collaborating to create an additive manufacturing (AM) cluster in Bavaria, Germany.

This cluster is planned to be a grouping of companies and organizations that will conduct research on and develop additive manufacturing technology from one location, helping integrate AM into the manufacturing process and enable companies to use the technology in their production. It will include academic institutions researching and educating on AM and regulatory authorities responsible for overseeing and regulating the use of the technology in industries.

‘By having all of the players located in a single hub, we are accelerating the development and application of the technology for the various industries,’ said Professor Michael Suess, chairman of the board of directors of the Oerlikon Group.

The first aim of the cluster is for Oerlikon and TUM to create a new research institute focusing on researching raw material powders and improving AM production through automation and AM digitalization. This will include the verification and qualification of products and the development of new AM business models, the partners say.

This story uses material from GE Additive, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.