Project study: New laboratory space for experimental setups

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The newly founded chair for Hybrid Additive Manufacturing that is part of the faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Ruhr-University Bochum should receive additional laboratory spaces. These are primarily intended for experimental setups and work around additive manufacturing.

As a quick solution, laboratory containers are to be integrated in an existing hall. THIEMT was entrusted with the project and conducts a comprehensive project study as a first step. At this the requirements for the container building as well as for the hall are being determined in cooperation with the client. On this basis, THIEMT develops a suitable concept including an corresponding cost estimation. The results of the study are the foundation for the subsequent project steps.

Background

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a manufacturing technique in which workpieces are produced by applying material layer by layer. Common materials for this are for example plastics, synthetic resins or metals. The build up can be done with liquid or solid materials and depends on the particular application.

3D printing techniques are for example used in the industry and in science because they allow models, prototypes ad partially end products to be produced rapidly and cost-efficiently. Likewise, they are becoming more prevalent in the arts and among home users.

The combined usage of additive and subtractive (e. g. CNC milling) manufacturing techniques in one machine is generally called Hybrid Additive Manufacturing.

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