New public funding project BUENA kicked off in Additive Manufacturing


Last week a consortium of 11 project partners met at IABG to kick-off BUENA, a 3-year project, funded by Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz. Using digital twins, detailed process, cost and sustainability simulations, optimizations, State-of-the-Art modelling approaches and IoT-technologies, the future of production using AM is built.

In the research project BUENA, the 11 project partners IABG, Boeing, Aurora, Fit AG, Voith, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, nebumind, Fraunhofer IAPT, iwb, eppinger engineering solutions, Deutsche Bahn are striving for a cross-sector industrialization of additive manufacturing in order to promote its dissemination for the purpose of material- and energy-efficient lightweight construction.

The consortium has identified ten generally applicable problem areas for additive manufacturing technologies, five of which have been assessed as particularly relevant. Within the scope of the project, the consortium will pursue and elaborate seven solution approaches in order to resolve these industrialization obstacles. The research is limited to the additive processes PBF (Powder Bed Fusion) and DED (Directed Energy Deposition), which are most widely used for metals.

If one compares only the manufacturing costs, additive manufacturing processes are usually not yet competitive with conventional technologies. The added value of an AM component usually arises from a holistic view of the business case over the entire life cycle. Likewise, the carbon footprint of a component with a broad system boundary must also be analyzed. In this research project, the intention is to develop new calculation models for costs and CO2 emissions that can be used to fully capture the life cycle of additively manufactured components.

Within the project, nebumind will be responsible for providing all data in a cloud solution as well as transforming the data between different models which is seen as an important step towards using the software more easily along entire process chains.

We are looking forward to an exciting project over the next 3 years together with our partners.

The consortium at the kick-off day (from left to right: Johannes Sturm (IABG), Jens Bold (Boeing), Christian Heinrich (Boeing), Daniela Gleissner (Boeing), Thomas Mair (iwb), Katrin Weider (Bergische Universität Wuppertal), Andreas Wimmer (iwb), Oliver Heilmann (nebumind), Felix Endress (TUM/LPL), Franz Engel (nebumind), Jakob Trauer (TUM/LPL))