“Cost clarity creates profit” – that is the slogan and the vision at the same time of 4cost GmbH. 4cost, headquartered in Berlin and further locations near Frankfurt (Main), was founded 2008.
With over 28 years’ experience, 4cost is a leading provider of software and services for cost estimation, costing and cost control. 4cost creates cost clarity in all phases of the product life cycle and is the only provider worldwide that combines parametric with bottom-up costing.
The core of the company is 4cost-aces, a software that is used for precise cost estimation in very early project phases. This means that the costs of electronic and mechanical assemblies and software can be reliably estimated at a very early stage with around 80% less effort. This development was the breakthrough to more than 2000 successfully completed projects with well-known customers such as Airbus, MAN, Siemens, Kuka, Liebherr, Thyssen Krupp and many others.
Aerosint is a Belgian SME company founded in 2016. The company currently employs 7 engineers and holds 4 patents on its innovative technology.
Aerosint has developed an alternative powder re-recoating system that, instead of uniformly spreading just one single powder material, selectively deposits two (or more) powders to form a single layer containing two materials. This technology is called “Selective Powder Deposition” as it enables full 3-dimensional control over material placement in any powder bed Additive Manufacturing process.
Selective Powder Deposition unlocks a number of very unique use cases in Additive Manufacturing, Powder Metallurgy and beyond. Some of Aerosint's research topics are bi-metallic L-PBF, zero waste SLS or the binderfree printing of ceramics or metals.
CERHUM prints bone and technical ceramics for medical applications. Using innovative 3D printing technology and its own biocompatible materials, CERHUM provides parts and development as a subcontractor for big players mainly in orthopaedics.
CERHUM recently commercialized MyBone: a patient specific implant for repairing people suffering of facial deformities.
This patented 3D bone opens new ways in facial surgery:
At CRM Group, the activities are centered on the production, transformation, coating and use of metallic materials. Since the year 1948, 265 engineers and technicians offer R&D and technology solutions focusing on the development of innovative processes and products that create value for our industrial partners. The company combines skilled and experienced research teams with unparalleled testing facilities covering the whole manufacture chain of metals, from raw materials to advanced metal applications, ranging in size from laboratory scale to pilot and even semi-industrial production lines. The Hybrid & Additive department is working on the complete value chain of AM, including development of new high performance alloys for AM, development of powders from recycled materials, direct metal deposition technologies with various complementary equipment’s (3 Laser cladding, 2 WAAM, 1 WLAM and 1 Thermal spray) for manufacturing, repair or surface coating of 3D parts, surface and thermal post treatments of parts (chemical or electro-chemical polishing, plasma polishing, tribofinishing), assembly of parts (laser, electron beam or hybrid welding, friction stir welding, etc.), complete characterization equipment’s for standard (chemistry, metallography or mechanical) analyses and in-use properties (stress corrosion cracking, etc.).
The teaching and research area "High Performance Processes in Manufacturing Engineering and Rapid Prototyping" in the Department of "Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics" at the FH Aachen is dealing with the application and further development of additive manufacturing processes since 2000 and has achieved international visibility through numerous publications in technical journals and at technical conferences. Currently, 20 employees and assistants are researching at the department, which is divided into three research groups with different research foci.
Depending on the materials and thus the process technology, they are divided into the fields of polymers, metal and ceramics.
The focus on polymers can be successfully served with different plants of all AM processes.
In the field of metal, especially the L-PBF, small desktop systems (SLM 50 Realizer) allow basic research as well as large systems (GE XLine 200R, building chamber: 800*400*500mm^3) for the series production of high-volume components.
Since 1922 the fem is the world’s only independent Institute for Precious Metals Research. The aim of our research in the fields of materials science and surface technology is to develop pioneering solutions for the industry.
The Research Institute for Precious Metals and Metal Chemistry in Schwäbisch Gmünd deals with various issues of material and surface technology. We are specialized in precious metals and galvanic surface treatment. Other priorities are corrosion, analytics, light metals and coating layers, pyhsical and chemical layer depositions, material physics as well as material and layer characterization.
Basic research and applied research are closely linked at the fem – following our conviction that innovative solutions are only achieved if one has detailed knowledge of the basics. This also benefits our services: The fem provides a comprehensive range of services with the latest equipment and instruments. Around 200 procedures and test methods are accredited according to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025. Our customers and partners are from all sectors of the metalworking industry and business, from universities, research institutions and other public institutions.
Aalen University is one of the strongest research universities for applied sciences in Germany. A central university-wide research focus is 3D printing with smart materials and new material combinations.
In innovative manufacturing processes for 3D printing, for example, components made of multi-material composites, magnetic materials, hard metals or optical plastics are realized. Intelligent post-processing methods are also being researched in order to realize additional component functionalities. For this purpose, Aalen University has state-of-the-art production facilities (e.g. laser technology in the Laser Application Centre - LAZ) and analysis methods. These create an excellent starting point for the further development of 3D printing with partners from business, science and society.
The Centre of Excellence in “Process Analysis and Technology (PA&T)” at the Reutlingen University is committed to industry-driven and application-oriented research in the field of scientifically based production and intelligent design.
The major focus of PA&T lies in the application of optical and spectroscopic methods which includes also spectral imaging for process monitoring and control together with multivariate data analysis. The objective of the PA&T group is to supply quantitative and qualitative information at all stages of a process as well as to develop process control strategies. PA&T covers the whole range of optical spectroscopy (UV, Vis, NIR and FT-IR including Raman- and multidimensional fluorescence spectroscopy) as well as spectral imaging of all wavelength ranges in a macro-, micro- and nano- resolution (“near field spectroscopy”). Together with a broad range of software tools in multivariate data analysis, Design-of-Experiment (DoE) and pattern recognition, PA&T offers a multimodal interdisciplinary approach for process control in intelligent manufacturing.
Huber-tec uses the porgramm „Siemens NX-12“ for constructing, which enables reading of any data with common sizes e.g. PRT, STEP, IGES, DXF etc.
Using CAD/CAM systems has the advantage to weld with our highly modern laser machinery 3D geometrys on any freeform surfaces as a result of the 8axis automatical machines.
3D CAD data of clients or scanned STL-modells, with our mobile scanner „Zeiss T-Scan“ are the basis for constructing. Furthermore, a surface comparison is possible to confirm the data with the real component and verify welding.
Munich-based Kumovis GmbH develops 3D printing systems that are specially tailored to the requirements of regulated markets, medical technology in particular. The focus is on the FLM processing of high-performance plastics such as PEEK, which are already established in the industry. With its innovative technology and services,
Kumovis enables its customers to produce reliably and resource-efficiently by means of additive manufacturing. Individualized implants and other medical products can thus be manufactured economically and in high quality.
Lithoz GmbH is an R&D-driven SME that specializes in the development and production of materials and additive manufacturing systems for the 3D printing of high-performance ceramics. Components produced by the patented lithography-based Ceramic Manufacturing (LCM) meet the high levels of density, stability, and precision required by the ceramics industry and ceramic research and can be used for different applications ranging from classic technical ceramic components over casting cores and molds to implants and medical devices.
Merkle & Partner GbR is a specialist for technical and engineering calculations and simulations. With over 31 years of company history, the Merkle & Partner engineering office is one of the first service providers of engineering calculations and simulations in Germany and has specialised in simulations in demanding niches (complex physics, complex geometry).
At the headquarters in Heidenheim and the branch offices in Homburg/Saar,
Wolfsburg & Erfurt, the approximately 50 employees handle up to 500 customer projects each year from the core areas of structural analysis, flow simulation and virtual product development.
The latest and most powerful hardware and software is used for this purpose.
Well-known companies from the fields of mechanical and plant engineering, aerospace technology, automotive, defense, electrical engineering, nuclear technology, medical technology, shipbuilding, rail vehicles, commercial vehicles and construction machinery are among the customer base and rely on the competence and experience of Merkle & Partner.
MESSOTRON was founded in 1973 and is an established manufacturer of sensors and measuring technology with a focus on inductive displacement sensors and eddy current sensors for a wide range of industries.
The manufacturing range includes displacement transducers of up to 1000mm travel and pressure-resistant versions up to 1000bar. Applications include general mechanical engineering, automotive, railway technology, construction, mining, hydraulics, production and testing equipment.
In addition to a broad portfolio of standardized product lines, the company also offers special solutions and solutions to complex technical requirements. For decades, the guiding principle "Precision made in Germany" has stood for absolute customer proximity and maximum flexibility in the development and manufacture of sensors and measurement technology.
With the granule-based 3D printing process of Q.big 3D, manufacturers of large components can finally benefit from the fast and efficient production of prototypes, molds and end-use parts. The solutions from Q.big 3D accelerate your development processes and reduce manufacturing costs. This highly efficient process thus enables Q.big 3Ds customers to take the lead in their industry.
Q.big 3D supports its customers in design for additive manufacturing, component optimization and offers 3D printing services for large-volume components.
Scansonic MI (Mechatronic Innovation) is an independent company part of the B.I.G. - berlin.industrial.group, a group of different companies in Berlin-Marzahn. The company emerged from an engineering office and has been active for almost 20 years. In particular, the high innovative power of the industry in which the company operates requires a continuous innovation process within the company. Scansonic MI offers systems and solutions in the fields of laser welding, laser soldering and laser hardening as well as precise sensor technology for quality monitoring. The products are used especially in automotive engineering, rail vehicle construction and energy technology. Scansonic is the world market leader in laser-based joining systems for car body construction.
SEKELS GmbH was founded in 1993 and develops, manufactures and trades technical products in the field of magnetism. These include cores and parts, customer-specific components, magnet systems and magnetic shielding. In addition, SEKELS' service portfolio includes measurement and development services as well as self-developed measuring devices for magnetic fields. As a specialist dealer for the product lines of VACUUMSCHMELZE GmbH & Co. KG, SEKELS offers its customers both extensive warehousing and detailed technical advice. With approximately 20 employees (more than half of whom are physicists and engineers), SEKELS currently serves more than 600 customers in 410 countries worldwide.
Sirris is the Collective Centre for the Belgian Technological Industry. We support the Belgian industry to develop and implement new technologies through a combination of basic research, where we build up knowledge, and applied research, where we implement this knowledge. Sirris is both association and research center.
Sirris has a wide experience in AM processes for 30 years and has acquired an important know-how by taking part in several innovation projects in Belgium and in Europe. Sirris owns 15 different AM technologies in-house, including 3 powder bed fusion machines (EBM and 2 LBM).
Sirris has a broad range of standard characterisation techniques in-house for mechanical and microstructural characterisation of materials and coatings.
Conventionally, silicone products are produced through liquid injection moulding, a process that is expensive, lengthy and wasteful, and is limited to mass production of identical parts. Spectroplast’s disruptive innovation provides the world’s first Silicone
Additive Manufacturing (SAM) technology at industrial scale. SAM fulfils a longstanding market need for personalised silicone products and enables for the first time the production of mass customized end-use silicone products that perform identically to injection moulded parts for various markets ranging from general sealing solutions to life-enhancing and life-saving healthcare and medical applications. The material technology revolves around the modification of silicones to overcome, on both the material as well as on the processing sides, the factors that have thus far prevented silicones from being accessible to 3D printing, namely the silicone’s high viscosity and high temperature solidification point. Spectroplast plans to provide its breakthrough solution for the fabrication of customised end-use silicone products for up to 30,000 units per annum at a 100 times shorter lead time, 99 % energy saving and with zero material waste compared to liquid injection moulding by 2020. By going beyond prototyping scale, Spectroplast’s SAM is established as the next golden standard for silicone production by enabling mass-customised manufacturing of end-use silicone products.
Customised products tailored to specific needs are an ever-growing necessity in our society. For example, whilst our bodies appear similar, they greatly vary in intricate details. Therefore, customized products such as life-saving medical implants as well as life-enhancing healthcare and consumer products like personalised prostheses, headphones or hearing protection are becoming increasingly important in our daily lives. That is why we believe it is time for a paradigm shift from mass production to mass customization.
As a start-up in the field of laser technology, SKLT GmbH develops and sells machine components and processes for laser material processing, both for 3D printing of large metallic workpieces and for coating and laser joining. The Laser MultiWire technology (LMWT) developed by the company increases the efficiency of laser-wire processes and enables new applications such as gap-bridging laser welding. In the company's application laboratory, processes and parameters are developed on customer order and individual parts and small series are manufactured. SKLT GmbH is supported by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE).
The University Group Applied Laser Technology and Photonics (AG alp) is characterised by an internationally recognised research profile and a high level of competence in additive manufacturing, laser technology, materials processing, materials engineering as well as metrology and sensor technology. This is impressively demonstrated by a large number of industry and publicly funded projects as well as numerous national and international conference participations and over 250 publications.
The working group has high-quality equipped laboratories (1,800m2) with all industry-relevant 3D printing processes of laser melting (SLM) and laser sintering (SLS), hybrid SLM milling machine, powder laser deposition welding, plastic printers (FDM, Polyjet, stereolithography) as well as for micro applications via laser direct writing. In its extension, AG alp covers the complete technological process chain from powder analysis, printing, thermal post-treatment in furnaces and hot isostatic press to post-processing and comprehensive metrological characterisation and metallography. processing and comprehensive metrological characterisation and metallography.
Founded in 2016, Vibrosonic GmbH is a pioneer in the field of medical technology focused on providing people with hearing impairment a close-to-normal hearing experience.
Our core invention, the Vibrosonic Hearing Contact Lens®, is placed directly onto the eardrum using a customized silicone mold. This way, direct stimulation of the natural hearing process is triggered. The result is a broad sound spectrum, covering high frequencies for speech comprehension and low frequencies for a striking experience when listening to music for example. Our objective is to develop the first invisible hearing aid based on our core technology.
Die World Precision Instruments Germany GmbH ist ein weltweit führender Anbieter innovativer Laborlösungen im Bereich Life Sciences. WPI bietet 20 Jahre Erfahrung in der System- und Applikationsentwicklung von optischer Sensorik und Fluidik. Zum Portfolio des Unternehmens gehören dabei unter anderem Lösungen im Bereich Mikrofluidik, wie Produkte zur Analyse von Blutzellen und Mikrofluidik-Pumpen für Zellkulturen. Daneben gehören auch LED-basierende Detektorsysteme für eine oder mehrere Wellenlängen sowie UV/VIS Spektrometer für Absorption und Fluoreszenz, faseroptische Flusszellen mit Mikrolitervolumen und optischen Pfadlängen von 10 mm bis zu 5000 mm zum Sortiment.