Potential of additive glass printing

"The potential of additive glass printing is clearly enormous. It enables the production of complex structures where the conventional way fails. Glass printing, with its multiple modes of representation, has excellent opportunities to overcome the limitations of conventional manufacturing," says Dr. Schütze. She herself joined IL Metronic Sensortechnik GmbH in October 2018. After starting in…

Solution-finding mentality

"Load capacity that makes slim" The origin of the slogan of spannverbund GmbH lies in the striving to utilize the mode of action of composite steel construction as effectively as possible. In the beginning, the main focus was on slender, high load-bearing steel composite girders. Starting from this maxim, many other developments have followed over…

Historically characterized by innovations

DATRON AG was founded in 1969 as DATRON Elektronik GmbH and at that time focused its business activities on contract development of device-related software and electronic components. When a milling machine was needed for the in-house production of profiles and housings, which was not available on the market as desired, DATRON used its know-how in…

Additive manufacturing for low-cost small batches

For each sintered glass body of a specific glass feedthrough, a specially made tool is needed. This is very expensive. Out of the need to be able to offer customers attractive prices even for small batches, the topic of additive manufacturing of glass found its way into the company. In order to "continuously develop its…

Complex steel knots

From an initial contact with additive manufacturing in the construction industry, further points of contact quickly followed for Cognition Factory. As part of the ZIM-funded project "Steel Construction Nodes", they developed a quality-assured novel manufacturing process for complex steel nodes based on additive arc welding together with four other partners. show german post

Standardization of innovative products in the construction industry

New products in the construction industry always require a standardization process. This lengthy procedure may well take 2-4 years, explains Mr. Hölscher. "It must not only be possible to define the product properties precisely, but also to make them describable during manufacture and verifiable in the process. The process must be linked to the existing…

Stable and reproducible processes

In previous projects of Ingenieurbüro Dr. Siebert, it became apparent that "stable and reproducible processes" are particularly necessary for additive glass manufacturing, which, however, are still associated with considerable challenges regarding the availability of the technology. In the course of implementation, the mechanical engineering sector is first in demand here before the engineering office can…

From Makerbot to AI and robotics

"We bought a 3D printer relatively early on, the first generation of Makerbots. We used it to build real setups because things could be implemented quickly with it. The starting signal for our involvement with additive manufacturing in the construction industry then came from a request from Prof. Knaack, asking whether we could work with…

Future-proof through innovation networks

Founded in 1946, Dipl. -Ing. Hölscher GmbH & Co. KG is a specialist in the planning and realization of the entire building envelope. The innovative core of the company, with the ambition to stand out from competitors and ensure higher quality, is embodied by Hölscher, among other things, through participation in ZIM innovation networks. "In…

Overcoming barriers successfully

Due to the strict building code requirements, the construction industry is "always very sluggish towards innovations," explains office owner Dr. Siebert. Unconventional ideas and projects have to be approved separately, for example, through consent in individual cases (ZiE). This discourages many entrepreneurs from implementing their ideas. To lower these hurdles, the engineering firm advocates an…