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Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)

Working together for stronger research, development and industry in the additive manufacturing (3D printing) sector in Switzerland.

Additive manufacturing processes (3D printing) are increasing in significance. Initially, this technology was used in the manufacturing of prototypes and models; today, additive processes have made their way into serial manufacturing as well. Additive manufacturing processes for product development and production have established themselves in practically every industrial sector.

New approach

SLM Process
SLM Process

Additive manufacturing processes (3D printing) open up new business fields, enable highly complex, hitherto unrealisable approaches and transform value creation chains. This key technology fosters new ways of thinking, new solutions and new applications among companies and customers alike. The following sectors are just some of the application areas:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace
  • Auto industry
  • Tool and mould making
  • Medical engineering
  • Product development

Development partner and consultant

ZHAW in-house design 3D printer for ceramics, FDM micro extrusion

As a department in one of Switzerland’s largest universities of applied sciences, the ZHAW School of Engineering offers the industry a platform for addressing the changes and challenges of this technology. As specialists in additive manufacturing technology, we serve the industry as a development partner and consultant – from the idea through to the product.

3D printer in the additive manufacturing cluster at the ZHAW School of Engineering

The following printers at the partner institutes are available in the "Additive Manufacturing" cluster of the ZHAW School of Engineering for the teaching but also particularly for research & development and business services:

Hybrid injection moulding tool with conformal cooling
Hybrid injection moulding tool with conformal cooling
Turbine wheels
Turbine wheels
Static mixing elements
Static mixing elements
Unsintered and sintered ceramics, aluminium oxide, FDM micro extrusion
Unsintered and sintered ceramics, aluminium oxide, FDM micro extrusion

Partner institutes and centres in the field of additive manufacturing

Centre for Product and Process Development (ZPP)

Lightweight structure made of titanium
Lightweight structure made of titanium
Additive Manufactured (AM) gear wheel with integrated cooling
Additive Manufactured (AM) gear wheel with integrated cooling
Additive manufactured injection moulding tool with conformal cooling
Additive manufactured injection moulding tool with conformal cooling
  • Product and process development for the selective laser melting (SLM) of metal
  • Development of systems and components for additive manufacturing (SLM, FDM, 3D powder printing)
  • Rapid prototyping (Fused Deposition Modelling, FDM) in plastic

Institute of Materials and Process Engineering (IMPE)

Demonstration object aluminium oxide-ceramic, stereolithography
Demonstration object aluminium oxide-ceramic, stereolithography
Intervertebral disc cage study, aluminium oxide-ceramic, stereolithography
Intervertebral disc cage study, aluminium oxide-ceramic, stereolithography
CT Phantom study, 3D powder printing, plaster
CT Phantom study, 3D powder printing, plaster
  • Material development and qualification, customised to individual material and process requirements
  • Additive manufacturing concepts for technical ceramic, metals, polymers and composites
  • Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA), 3D Powder Printing (3DP)

 

 

Institute of Mechatronic Systems (IMS)

System overview
System overview
Max Bot of the six-axis 3D FDM printer
Max Bot of the six-axis 3D FDM printer
  • Device and process development for Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)
  • Fibre-reinforced thermoplasts for Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)
  • Characterisation of mechanical material qualities for materials for FDM
  • Numerical structural analysis of FDM building components