Communicate Perspectives Actively

The DAP Chair in Networks

“With every change of perspective a chance arises to find trust in the new”

 Source: Mirwald, Bei Licht besehen: Wesentliches in wenigen Worten, Bd. 2. Verlag Markus Mirwald 2018

The work in networking brings about opportunities to view challenges from different perspectives. The combined knowledge from industry, fundamental and applied research is exchanged and expanded in networks interdisciplinarily to form a new basis of approaches along the shared value chain. Networks are the catalysts for innovation!

International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing in Aachen (ICTM)

The Chair for Digital Additive Production DAP is a research partner in the International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing network (ICTM) in Aachen. The ICTM was founded as a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of the RWTH Aachen University as well as the Chair for Digital Additive Production DAP of the RWTH Aachen University and focuses on research topics related to turbomachinery manufacturing, with both conventional and additive manufacturing technologies. Aim of the ICTM Aachen is to speed up technological innovations and to transfer them into industrial applications. It employs the full technology portfolio of all of its members to provide excellent R&D for turbomachinery manufacturing.

The ICTM Aachen offers an integrated and interdisciplinary platform which focuses on production and repair technologies primarily, providing R&D solutions in the full range of competencies of the participating research institutes. As turbomachinery manufacturing is a highly interdisciplinary market the ICTM Aachen will also pursue R&D approaches geared to design trends and the use of advanced materials.

In the ICTM network, each year multiple collaborative research projects are launched with an extensive network of industrial partners (more than 30 companies) and industrial partners can also conduct individual research with one or more research institutions, tapping into the broad knowledge in turbomachinery manufacturing in Aachen.

Link to the ICTM Website

Research Campus DPP

As part of the German-wide funding initiative “Forschungscampus – public-private partnership for innovation” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Digital Photonic Production DPP research campus is investigating new methods and fundamental physical effects for the use of light as a tool in the manufacturing of the future. For this research program, RWTH Aachen University, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and now some 27 industrial companies are pooling their resources in a complementary manner at a joint location, the Photonics Cluster on the RWTH Aachen Campus.

As part of the Federal Government’s high-tech strategy, the BMBF is using this initiative to support strategic and long-term cooperation between science and industry “under one roof”.
In this context, the DAP Chair is researching topics in the field of materials development for additive manufacturing (AM) and laser beam modulation in the laser powder bed fusion process. Furthermore, automated component design and data handling as well as reproducibility and quality assurance for AM are investigated. In addition, requirements for future data processing of AM-specific production, taking into account uniform communication along the entire process chain, are being researched using a “Virtual AM Lab”.

Link to the DPP Website

Future Cluster Hydrogen

The Chair of Digital Additive Production (DAP) is part of the Future Cluster Initiative of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF). In the Future Cluster Hydrogen, regional networks are used to turn excellent research into the innovations of the future.

Together with other chairs of the RWTH Aachen University (VKA, AVT, TIME) and Forschungszentrum Jülich innovative solutions for hydrogen production, storage and application will be the result of collaborative research. This is to join research in the field of hydrogen technology in a holistic innovative ecosystem around the energy carrier of the future – hydrogen – and to open up applications for the implementation of the technology in industry and society.

Link to the H2-Cluster Website

The International Supply Fair (AIRTEC)

As an international supply fair and dialogue platform, AIRTEC reflects the outstanding position of the core aerospace industries for the global economy. Based in Munich, it offers a targeted exchange between business and politics, between suppliers and OEMs, between research and science, between start-ups and renowned major companies.

In B2B meetings, workshops and conferences, ideas and opinions are exchanged and boundaries overcome so that climate-neutral mobility, modern infrastructure and future technologies can be reconsidered and jointly applied.

Within the framework of this transformation platform, the DAP presents its innovations and technologies so that cross-sector cooperation, which enables networked, future-oriented mobility in evolutionary steps, can be realised.

Link to the AIRTEC Website

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the aviation authority of the United States of America and is responsible for the preparation of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) for all flight operations in the United States as well as airspace and air traffic management. Other areas of responsibility within which the DAP contributes its expertise also include the maintenance of the infrastructure of air traffic control facilities as well as research and development of aviation-related systems and technologies.

Link to the FAA Website

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

The EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) is the European Aviation Safety Agency and took over the tasks of the Joint Aviation Authorities of the EU countries in 2002. Its tasks include drafting aviation safety legislation and providing technical advice to the European Commission and EU Member States. Other EASA functions in which the DAP has a supporting role include the airworthiness and type certification of aircraft and aircraft parts for aircraft operated in the EU, the certification of aircraft design organisations worldwide and of production and maintenance organisations inside and outside the EU.

Link to the EASA Website

Institutes for Standardisation (DIN, CEN/CENELEC & ISO/IEC)

Standards are prepared by committees at DIN (Deutsche Institut für Normung e. V.), at the European standardisation organisations CEN/CENELEC (European Committee for Standardisation / European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation) or at the international standardisation organisations ISO/IEC (International Organization for Standardisation / International Electrotechnical Commission) according to fixed principles, procedural and design rules. All parties interested in the preparation of standards, such as manufacturers, consumers, trade, universities, research institutes, authorities or testing institutes can participate in the work of the committee. They delegate their experts to the DIN working committees, which are organised in standards committees according to subject areas and which ensure the uniformity and consistency of the German body of standards.

The DAP also participates and actively contributes input to the committees on current innovations and technologies in the field of additive manufacturing. Within the working committees, the experts agree on a common version of the contents, taking into account the state of the art, which tries to consider all interests of the parties involved and to eliminate counter-arguments.

Link to the DIN Website

The Association of German Engineers (VDI)

The Association of German Engineers (VDI) is according to its own statements the largest association of engineers and natural scientists in Germany and sees itself as a lobbyist for the scientists organised in it. As a research institute, the DAP also contributes to the VDI network with its staff.

The VDI represents its interests in national politics and, through its network, enables a regular exchange at federal, state and district level with established experts and managers. In principle, the main purpose of the association is the creation of technical regulations. In particular, VDI guidelines are developed by experts from industry, science and administration in voluntary work together with VDI employees in guideline committees. These contain recommendations and rules in the field of engineering sciences and the state of the art.

Link to the VDI Website

The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI)

The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) has established the AMIAS (Additive Manufacturing (AM) in the Aerospace Industry) competence network.
This network bundles the interests of various players in the aerospace production chains in different subject areas of AM. The resulting committees deal, for example, with Metal AM Laser Beam Melting (LBM), Metal AM Direct Energy Deposition (DED), Polymer AM (FFF, LS) and AM design as an application in aerospace. The DAP chair is involved in these interdisciplinary research fields and thus acts as a research partner in the AMIAS network. Within the respective committees, a lively exchange of knowledge between established and competent experts takes place on a project basis.

Link to the BDLI Website