Germany focuses on AM industrialization

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and seven companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the industrialization of additive manufacturing (AM) in Bavaria, Ger-many.

AUDI AG, EOS, GE Additive, Linde, MTU Aero Engines, Oerlikon and Siemens have agreed to es-tablish a Bavarian AM Cluster (BAMC), a non-profit association “to facilitate a state-supported, close consortium cooperation between companies and the university to overcome technical and economic hurdles on the way to the industrialization of AM”.

Plans are to improve research in this area, create partnerships with other commercial enterpris-es and academic partners, develop new training and promote the benefits of AM.

All partners and institutions will be located in a new building on the TUM’s campus in the town of Garching, the university said. The association will be founded in early 2023.

“With the Bavarian AM Cluster, the industry in Bavaria is clearly preparing for the future,” said Professor Michael Süss, executive chairman of Oerlikon. “I am convinced that with the cluster we are taking a decisive step towards the full integration of AM into the industrial process.”