The increasing number of alternative drive concepts poses new challenges for vehicle development and production engineers. The aim of the "FlexHyBat" research project that kicked off at the end of 2020 is to manufacture multi-variant vehicle floor assemblies using as few tools as possible.
Additive manufacturing is being increasingly used for industrial applications. However, long production times currently inhibit its use in large-scale series production typical of the automotive industry. Combining conventional processes with AM can be one solution to meet this challenge.
To drive research in foundry technology, Fraunhofer is constructing a new building on the research campus near the TUM Campus Garching. The foundation stone for construction on the 36,500 m2 site was laid on October 11th, 2019.