NextFactory – Embedding AM technologies in a hybrid process chain for customized production of micro-mechatronic-systems – Presented by Oliver Refle, Fraunhofer IPA

NextFactory – Embedding AM technologies in a hybrid process chain for customized production of micro-mechatronic-systems – Presented by Oliver Refle, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA at the 3D Printing Electronics Conference, which takes place on Jan 24, 2017 at High Tech Campus Eindhoven in The Netherlands.

The european funded project Nextfactory is developing a new kind of hybrid manufacturing technology aiming at customized production of micromechatronic systems. The technology is based on the principle of additive manufacturing and includes further technologies to directly integrate enhanced functionalities as well as discrete components. The presentation will give an overview on the project, then focus on the current development status and will end with an outlook on potential applications and targeted further developments.

About Oliver Refle
Education

  • 2001 – 2007 Study of automation engineering at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) with graduation (Dipl.-Ing.)

Professional Affiliations

  • 01/07 – 04/11 Scientific Employee at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
  • Since 04/11 Group manager for ”Digital Printing (2D / 3D)” at Fraunhofer IPA
  • Since 2014 Member of Steering Committee of Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance

About Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
Fraunhofer is the largest research organization for applied research in Europe. Its research fields are orientated towards man’s needs: health, safety, communication, mobility, energy and the environment.
With nearly 1 000 employees, Fraunhofer IPA is one of the largest institutes in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. It has an annual budget of over 60 million euros, with more than one third coming from industrial projects.
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