Hamburg based research institution Fraunhofer IAPT will be presenting a milestone in additive production in the automotive industry at the joint Hamburg stand at Hannover Messe from 23 to 27 April. With the completion of a newly developed 3D printed titanium brake caliper, the Fraunhofer Institute for AdditiveProduction Technologies (Fraunhofer IAPT), Bugatti and Bionic Production AG have achieved a truly pioneering development in the automotive industry. This highly innovative 3D product will be entering series production in Hamburg.
3D printing revolution hits the car industry
Titaniu m is mainly used in the aviation and aerospace industries as it is much more resilient than aluminium. The new titanium brake caliper has a weight of only 2.9 kg and is thus 41% lighterand considerably more resilient than the traditional aluminium caliper (4.9 kg). The 8-piston monoblock caliper is not only the world's very first 3Dprinted brake caliper for automotive vehicles, but also the largest 3D laser printed functional component made of titanium as well as the largest caliper in the over
all automotive industry. The first working trials for use in serial production are scheduled to begin as
early as mid 2018.
With Fraunhofer IAPT, Hamburg is a leading location for the innovative 3D printing industry, especially in the niche segment of additive development and the production of metal parts. Bugatti's super sports cars have placed the company at the forefront of technological development and innovation at the automotive industry's extreme end of performance. Fraunhofer IAPT is one of the global leaders in the area of scientif icindustrial 3D printing technology transfer.
"Hamburg is well on its way to becoming one of Europe's leading centres for research and innovation," says Hamburg's Second Mayor, Katharina Fegebank. "3D printing and nanotechnology are cutting
-edge fields that will serve as key drivers for innovation and development in our city."
World's largest research X-ray laser
With European XFEL, one of the largest and most ambitious European research projects will also be featured at the joint Hamburg stand. Located in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, the European X
-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) is the world's largest X-ray laserfacility. It generates extremely intense X-ray laser flashes and is used by researchers from around the world.
Fraunhofer IAPT will be one out of 11 exhibitors at the joint Hamburg stand in Hall 2,"Research & Technology". At Stand A26, "Future Hamburg", the following stakeholders will be featured: German Electron Synchrotron DESY; European XFEL GmbH; Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME ScreeningPort; for Maritime Logistics and Services CML; Fraunhofer Institute for Additive Production Technologies IAPT; Hamburg Innovation GmbH; Hamburg Invest; Hamburg
University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg); Orokoko GmbH; Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) as well as ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research. The stand will be coordinated by Hamburg Invest, the one stop agency for relocation and investment in Hamburg.