By connecting the new DAP chair to the Fraunhofer ILT via joint industrial projects, the partners have paved the way to exploit R&D results for industrial applications. On November 1, 2016, Prof. Schleifenbaum took over the leadership of the competence area “Additive Manufacturing and Functional Layers” at Fraunhofer ILT. With more than 100 employees, this department focuses on developing additive production process chains and making them available to the industry. These include, among others, the development of machines, the planning of AM factories, the development of design and data tools for additive manufacturing, as well as comprehensive consulting services ranging from component consulting all the way to business case assessment for the manufacturing industry. In addition, the researchers in the competence area shall continue the development of laser processes for surface treatment, such as thin film processing, heat treatment and polishing.
Prof. Schleifenbaum managed the “Tool Shop Metals” department at the Phoenix Contact Group until July 2016, but before that he had already worked as a research assistant at Fraunhofer ILT. There he received his doctorate in 2011 in the field of “Individualized Production” after having studied mechanical engineering and economics at RWTH Aachen University and the Ecole Centrale de Marseille. “I am excited by the challenge of contributing to the comprehensive training of ‘3D printing experts’ in the future, so that this relatively young, but extremely exciting and promising technology can be developed even further at the university. At the same time, we can take this know-how and use it in the industry profitably”, Prof. Schleifenbaum said, viewing his new tasks. “Also, I am looking forward to working with colleagues from Fraunhofer ILT and its associated chairs. Many of them I still know from former times in Aachen”.