Laser-Based Advanced and Additive Manufacturing (LBAAM) can radically change many industries and provide maximal benefits towards flexible manufacturing and highly digitalized production environments. LBAAM technology is particularly beneficial for the following sectors:
LBAAM supports the aerospace sector due to its capability to create complex structures and, thus, reducing waste and improving performance. It can also be used for testing complex or difficult to implement designs, including extensive tests in “full engine” rigs. Plus, LBAAM technology enables more advanced repair operations and services through selective re-application of advanced alloy materials (e.g. AAs, AHSS, nickel-based superalloys, etc.).
LBAAM enables cost-effective short-series, reduction in time-to-market and lead times, light weighing parts and efficient use of raw materials, resulting in a wide spectrum of opportunities within the automotive sector. AM technologies can be used for rapid prototyping, integral to the fast product development cycles of this sector. LBAAM technologies lowers the adoption barriers and smoothens the evolution towards direct manufacturing approaches.
LBAAM can be applied within the MedTech sector to produce diagnostic and therapeutic devices, implants and scaffolds. The adoption of LBAAM supports personalisation, customisation, miniaturisation, fast response times and new materials (biocompatibility, life extension, safety) and stringent regulatory requirements (health risks and safety issues) required in this sector.
LBAAM allow the industrial machinery sector to become more competitive. AM can be used in for prototyping and as well as serial production, by supporting hybrid manufacturing, standardization of product testing and process monitoring and new design approaches and tools for assembly of complex multi-material and multi-component parts. Due to the increase in manufacturing capacities world-wide, implementing LBAAM technology can improve the competitiveness of this sector.
LBAAM can support the growing demand for customised consumer electronics, particularly in 3D printing. Given the rising cybersecurity threats, autonomy in Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) is crucial to meet this growing demand. As digital technologies expand into every aspect of daily life, LBAAM technology will become important for customised ECS as they are the foundation for a digital future, prosperity and quality of life.
LBAAM supports the textile and clothing sector to implement technological changes, decrease product development cycles, reduce production costs, and concentrate on a wider variety of products with higher value. Laser cutting can replace hand or form cutting and AM technologies offer the possibility to develop production systems which are cleaner, less labour- and resource-intensive.