In November 2017, the Fraunhofer lighthouse project futureAM was launched with the aim of accelerating the Additive Manufacturing of metal components by at least a factor of 10. The focus of the activities is on the one hand the holistic view of the digital and physical added value from order entry to the finished metallic 3D-component, and on the other hand the leap into a new technology generation of additive manufacturing. Five other Fraunhofer Institutes are participating in this project under the leadership of the Fraunhofer ILT: IWS, IWU, IAPT, IGD and IFAM.
Fraunhofer IGD develops “Cuttlefish”, a streaming-capable, voxel-based printer driver to control multimaterial 3D printers. In order to minimize memory consumption needs and start the printing process even for complex and large 3D models within just a few seconds, Cuttlefish merely calculates the information required at the particular time for printing.
Another contribution of Fraunhofer IGD is its experience in geometric modeling. For the realm of 3D printing, Fraunhofer IGD is focusing on modeling internal structures in order to use rapid FEM simulations to automatically optimize internal structures in terms of orientation, thickness and material properties.