The new Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM) in Aachen, Germany.
The new Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM) in Aachen, Germany.

Two Fraunhofer institutes have opened the new Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM) in Aachen, Germany.

According to the Institutes for Production Technology (IPT) and for Laser Technology (ILT), the new center aims to help manufacturing companies employ the additive manufacturing (AM) method usefully and profitably for their production processes.

The center allows companies to participate as a partner in the ACAM community with annual costs varying from €12,000 basic, €40,000 business up to the individual contract-negotiated service package. ‘The employees of these companies can participate in training offered by RWTH Aachen University and are directly involved in the university environment,’ said Dr Kristian Arntz from Fraunhofer IPT. ‘Starting in 2016, Fraunhofer plans to establish, along with RWTH Aachen University, a range of seminars tuned to the needs of the industry with the aim of establishing a qualified, certified degree such as a master or bachelor of additive manufacturing.’

This story is reprinted from material from the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.