From two-dimensional load-bearing structures to three-dimensional, load-bearing objects and functional integration in the small-scale sector – Dr. Landmann sees great advantages in these areas for the construction material glass, which also has clear advantages due to its chemical resistance and temperature stability. When asked about the expected developments in this decade, Dr. Landmann is confident: “I am convinced that glass 3D printing can be implemented with large machines and in series production.” However, it remains exciting with regard to the accuracies and tolerances that can be achieved, according to Dr. Landmann. Especially with regard to free-formed glass objects, which the ZIM innovation network “AMglass+” has set as its goal, Dr. Landmann sees the combination of glass printing and ablative machining as a promising possibility in the future. “For example, critical surfaces could be reworked by means of ablation through an exchange head with the same machine.” However, he says, there is still a lack of existing concepts for extracting the best mechanical properties from the material – a challenge that the network partners have taken up.
DATRON AG develops, produces and distributes innovative high-speed milling machines for the machining of future-oriented materials such as aluminum and composite materials, dental milling machines for the efficient machining of all common dental prosthesis materials in dental laboratories, high-speed milling tools as well as high-performance dispensing machines for industrial sealing and bonding applications. With the latest technology secured by numerous patents and the integration into a comprehensive service package, DATRON AG offers solutions for customers all over the world. Nearly 25 % of the employees are active in research and development.