Bachelor & Master Thesis

Bachelor & Master Thesis | Department F4

Development of a Tool for Automated Segmentation of Large Components for 3D Printing

Our Profile

The Chair of Digital Additive Production (DAP) is a powerful community of scientists, technicians and students. We work with strong dedication on the 3D printing technologies of tomorrow with the goal of making the world a better place. Together with industrial and scientific partners, we are researching the fundamental interconnections of 3D printing.


Your Profile

You are

  • highly motivated and would like to work as part of an interdisciplinary team in an inspiring environment?
  • A student of materials science, economics, engineering or a related engineering course.
    You have experience in 3D printing / industry 4.0 / digitisation is helpful but not essential.
  • Thanks to your commitment, you are able to search for problems independently and solve them efficiently afterwards.

Your Tasks

German companies are more than ever exposed to global competition. This raises the question of the conditions under which high-wage countries can successfully produce and develop. To ensure the competitiveness of individual companies, it is essential that an idea is transformed into a physical product in a timely manner. Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF), as a mould-tool-less process, offers major technological potential for meeting this requirement. Up to now, producible components have been limited to the installation space of the available LPBF system, which limits applications for this process. Furthermore, LPBF systems with large installation spaces are associated with high investments and technical risks. One way of expanding the application spectrum is to segment large components into producible sub-segments, which are then reassembled using conventional joining technology. Therefore, the following points are to be developed within the scope of the final thesis:

  • Development of criteria for the selection and evaluation of large components for production using LPBF, while taking into account technological and economic aspects
  • Development of an algorithm for automatic identification of interfaces
  • Evaluation in terms of economic (manufacturing, assembly costs, etc.) and technological (manufacturability, load, etc.) criteria
  • Validation using an industrial demonstrator in cooperation with industrial partners




Have we sparked your interest?

Please send us your detailed application documents including your curriculum vitae, degree certificates and current academic achievements, stating the reference number 421510-1669, by email to the following address:

Stephan Ziegler, M. Sc. M. Eng.

RWTH Aachen Lehrstuhl für
Digital Additive Production DAP
Steinbachstraße 15
52074 Aachen

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