About us

  Photonics Cluster on Campus Melaten. Copyright: Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen / Volker Lannert.

The Chair for Digital Additive Production DAP at RWTH Aachen University investigates the fundamental technical and economic interrelationships of additive production together with partners from industry and science.

Starting with component design, through the supply chain, production and component handling to the application characteristics of components manufactured using AM, all horizontal and vertical components of the additive manufacturing process chain are examined.

In addition to the further development of existing AM processes and existing machine and system technology, the focus on software-driven end-to-end processes is an essential working point of the DAP. Starting with bionic lightweight construction, through functional optimization for AM and the design of digital materials, to validation in the real process and the derivation of static and dynamic characteristic values, the advantages of additive processes can be utilized using digital technologies. Almost all common software suites in the area of authoring systems (CAD) and commercially available CAx systems, FEM modelers, etc. are available for this purpose. On the machine side, both commercially available systems and adapted laboratory systems and test setups are available.

Beyond the purely technological topics, the DAP supports industry partners in mastering the complexity arising from the implementation of AM. Via AM-driven consulting services, DAP ensures a holistic view of the implications of additive manufacturing at strategic, tactical and operational company level and thus creates the conditions for the competitiveness of the numerous industrial partners in the AM environment.

Within the scope of fundamental, consortial and industrial projects from various industries, such as automotive, aerospace, turbomachinery, life sciences, electronics, tool and mould making, as well as close cooperation with non-university research institutions, the DAP has extensive expertise in the field of additive production and the supporting processes.