Metropolregion Hamburg

TiLight – innovative lightweight construction of titanium components for aeronautical engineering

Cabins and Cabin SystemsMaterialsEco-EfficiencyLeading-Edge Cluster Competition

Utilising the new potential of lightweight construction by opening up innovative construction techniques and laser additive manufacturing with TiAl6V4.

The goal of this research project is to develop construction techniques for innovative lightweight designs and to economically produce TiAl6V4 structures with high geometric complexity.

Laser additive manufacturing is an especially suitable technique for producing highly complex geometric forms. Due to the novelty of this technology, however, there is not yet enough information available on construction restrictions and mechanical characteristics under dynamic load. In this research project, these essential basic requirements are being produced and transferred into construction and evaluation methodologies for additive manufacturing.

To open up further potential in lightweight construction, as well as the work on additive manufacturing, new construction approaches for established manufacturing processes such as bionics are being analysed, classified and assembled in user-friendly guideleins and databases. Based on this work and by referring to the process-specific cost driver, an evaluation methodology can be developed to facilitate the selection of the most economically viable manufacturing process for new lightweight constructions. 

The findings of this research project thus make it possible to replace standard brackets used in the aircraft cabin with lightweight elements, opening the way to a significant weight saving. 


Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Emmelmann, +49 [0]40-404810-505,


LZN Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH
Am Schleusengraben 14
21029 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 [0]40-404810-500
Fax.: +49 [0]40-404810-999
Mail: info(at)


Institute of Laser and System Technologies (iLAS), Hamburg University of Technology Premium Aerotec GmbH

Förderung durch

Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of the Leading-Edge Cluster strategy