The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports Paderborn University (DMRC) and the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT) with 2.5 Mio. Euro including six industry partners. The overall budget, in a consortium led of Siemens AG, is approximately 4.5 Mio. Euro. The Paderborn University is represented by the Chair of Design and Drive Technology (KAt) of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Zimmer and the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) under the responsibility of Dr.-Ing. Adam.
The project aims for the combination of additive manufacturing with established manufacturing processes in innovative process chains
and targets a substantially higher productivity of SLM process chains. In sum, a holistic perspective is pursued from the idea to the product by the development of targeted methods, concepts and an innovative in-line measurement system.
Apart from the Siemens AG and the two research institutes, the industry companies Eisenhuth GmbH & Co. KG, GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH, H&H Gesellschaft für Engineering und Prototypenbau mbH, John Deere GmbH & Co. KG and the Schübel primeparts GmbH are involved. A project-related committee including EOS GmbH and the SLM Solutions Group accompanies the project.