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FIT AG to explore welding processes for SLS 3D printed parts with BMW & University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

August 06, 2019 / Sam Davies

FIT Additive Manufacturing Group is to participate in a joint research project which will examine welding processes for selective laser sintering and injection moulded parts. The project, titled FAB-WELD, has been backed by a €285,400 Bavarian State Minister of Science grant. Combining the efforts of FIT AG’s Sintermask subsidiary, BMW and the FAU University of Erlangen-Nuremberg’s Institute of Polymer Technology, the project will work towards optimising the welding process for printed parts to create individualised series components. Running over three years, FAB-WELD wants to identify a feasible solution to get around the limitations in the size of 3D printed parts by assessing the performance of different welding processes. To join SLS parts with injection moulded parts, or SLS parts with other SLS parts, and form larger structures, a high-strength, impermeable connection is required. In such instances, 3D printing would have likely been the preferred manufacturing ...