Moritz, you technically studied mechanical engineering. How come you are not building machines today, but instead are working with digital processes in Additive Manufacturing?
Only constructing machines is simply not enough these days. The majority of innovation comes from digitization and software. These are also the points that set you apart from others. I noticed early on in my studies, that you can get cool products up and running pretty quickly through intelligent programming. That excited me right away. And that is also why I chose relatively few classical elements of mechanical engineering and many IT topics for my studies, which then continued in my internships and also in my further choices of career.
You are working on utilizing the potential of streaming for 3D printing. Many people know about streaming through on-demand video platforms. How do you imagine a stream for 3D printing?
3D printing is a process in which components are created layer by layer. We stream the information about how these individual layers are to be printed from the cloud directly to the printer. With Netflix, for example, individual images are streamed, which then together result in a video. In 3D printing, images are the individual layers, and the result is not a video, but a component.
What would be the benefits of a “Netflix” for 3D printing?
The benefits are broadly comparable to those of an on-demand video platform. We also use streaming in 3D printing to send the data exactly where it is needed. If, for example, a customer of a German company is based in China, then the component nowadays often still must be manufactured in Germany first to be shipped after. Our approach is to use streaming to send the assembly instructions directly to a printer in China. This saves us a lot of logistics, which in the end always means time and money.