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Innovation in 3D: Laser Powder Bed Fusion

08/05/2024

An innovative 3D printing process is breaking down traditional manufacturing boundaries and opening up unimagined possibilities from aerospace to medical technology: laser powder bed fusion (LPBF). In our interview, Tim Lantzsch from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT explains current applications of this promising additive manufacturing technology.
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The smallest technology for powerful hearing experiences

14/12/2023

From conversations with friends or colleagues to plays and lectures – modern hearing devices enable many people to participate in everyday life. However, the smallest components are needed to ensure that the devices function optimally and cause as few complications as possible for the users. Let’s take a look at the microtechnology in these hearing aid devices.
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bellaSeno

3D printing: composite material for bone healing

28/11/2023

After a bone fracture, some patients experience healing disorders. To enable effective treatment in these cases, the Fraunhofer Institute IFAM (Germany) is researching a new composite material for use in the operating theater as part of the SCABAEGO joint project.
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TUM professor develops an energy-saving AI chip

02/11/2023

Hussam Amrouch has developed an AI-ready architecture that is twice as powerful as comparable in-memory computing approaches.
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A visit at Comate – Trends in medical product development and design

01/11/2023

In the field of medical design, constant development is required: from the design of medical devices to components and materials to new production processes. In this video, engineer Joris Bellens and business developer Lukas Stabel explain how the Belgian company Comate develops state-of-the-art products from the initial idea to the market-ready product.
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The new Center for Bionic Intelligence Tübingen Stuttgart

18/10/2023

Scientists from the University of Stuttgart, the University of Tübingen, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics are conducting research on intelligent bionic systems that will aid understanding and treatment of certain diseases of the central nervous system.
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Fraunhofer IBMT

Bidirectional control of prosthetic hands using ultrasonic sensors

12/10/2023

Researchers at Fraunhofer are working as part of an EU research project to improve control of prosthetic hands down to individual fingers.
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Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen

Integrated sensor technology: the next step in additive manufacturing

28/09/2023

Trends such as Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things are making the precise recording of the condition of machines and components increasingly important. To face the challenges in collecting sufficient data, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has developed a sensor infrastructure for smart industrial applications and implemented it using additive manufacturing processes.
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Faraz Faruqi and Stefanie Mueller

AI-driven tool to personalize 3D-printable models

19/09/2023

MIT researchers developed a generative-AI-driven tool that enables the user to add custom design elements to 3D models without compromising the functionality of the fabricated objects. A designer could utilize this tool, called Style2Fab, to personalize 3D models of objects using only natural language prompts to describe their desired design.
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Empa

Wood instead of plastic? The dream of sustainable products

06/09/2023

In our everyday life, the desire to use sustainable products instead of those made of plastic is common and can usually be implemented well. But what about medical technology manufacturers? Could they do without plastics at all in order to become more sustainable? After all, they often use a lot of electronics.
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Max-Planck-Institut

Artificial intelligence designs advanced materials

31/08/2023

Scientists of the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung pioneer new machine learning model for corrosion-resistant alloy design.
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RUB

Hardware Trojans in microchips: "The sky's the limit"

29/08/2023

They are secretly reading sensitive patient data or remotely switching off devices in intensive care units: while companies and private individuals are now well aware of software Trojans - never download an app or program without checking it - many companies or hospitals face a completely different threat. Namely, that the Trojans come into the house on the backs of the hardware.
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AZ-BLT

New imaging technology for a quick look inside a human being

03/08/2023

Physicists at the University of Würzburg have succeeded in making a new imaging technique ready for use on humans. Radioactive markers and radiation are not necessary for this.
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University of Stuttgart, FSM-Labor

Intelligent rubber materials

20/07/2023

Autonomously switchable polymer materials have recently been developed by materials scientists at the University of Stuttgart and pharmacists at the University of Tübingen.
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Fraunhofer IPMS

Micro scanners in medicine: flexible for customized applications

20/06/2023

The potential of micro scanners in medical technology is immense. Their small size, low weight and high energy efficiency make them ideal for mobile use. More than 200 different micro scanner designs have been developed at Fraunhofer IPMS to meet customer-specific requirements.
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Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen

Compact laser scanner with 90 percent less construction volume

30/05/2023

Galvanometer scanners have been in use in laser material processing for decades. However, a team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has now developed a new, particularly compact scanner module for applications in 3D printing, micromachining or medical technology.
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Fraunhofer IZM

6G is right around the corner

03/05/2023

The digital world is booming and has long since become part of everyday life in industry and society. More recent developments such as autonomous driving, telemedicine, but also private use require ever higher rates to transmit large amounts of data in real time. 6G should help with this: The aim is to transmit 1,000 GB/s and reduce latency to a tenth compared to 5G.
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Christin Scholz / Fraunhofer IVI

Establishing design as integral component in research and development

16/03/2023

In its various disciplines and manifestations, design is increasingly gaining importance in Fraunhofer's research. Supporting this trend, the three Fraunhofer Institutes IVI, IWS and IWU in Dresden, together with Technische Universität Dresden, are establishing the "DesignLab for Applied Research" on behalf of the research community.
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