Trade fair  /  September 15, 2021  -  September 16, 2021


At IKTS, more than 700 interdisciplinary employees conduct research and development in eight application-oriented business areas. The institute is thus the largest facility for ceramics research in Europe - and masters the entire value chain from powder to the tested system.

Hall C6, Booth 8



Additive manufacturing of multifunctional components

Additive manufacturing methods allow components to be produced in a geometric complexity that cannot be realized with conventional ceramic shaping processes, such as miniaturized heat exchangers. Fraunhofer IKTS develops starting materials, processes and systems for the additive manufacturing of high-performance ceramic and functionally integrated components. In addition, the research institute offers technologies and equipment for in-line process monitoring. Thus, it sees itself as a competent, innovative partner for ceramic manufacturers and users as well as for developers and manufacturers of equipment for additive manufacturing.


On September 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the topic "Scene Additive - Together to a Productive Level of Ceramic Additive Manufacturing" with Dr. Tassilo Moritz.


Process hybrids: Exploiting the advantages of manufacturing processes in a targeted manner

Fraunhofer IKTS develops and adapts additive processes for 3D printing of ceramic materials. The current development focus is on the production of functionalized components. Among others, the thermoplastic 3D printing processes CerAM FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) and CerAM MMJ (Multimaterial Jetting) have been developed. This allows not only highly complex geometries with varying structural features to be realized, but also several coordinated materials to be printed within a single layer. The material is only deposited at the required point. This makes the processes very material-saving and tool-free. Depending on customer requirements, material systems are also developed and characterized for multi-component printing. By combining additive processes with conventional manufacturing methods established in industry, the advantages of the individual techniques are better exploited. Through this, new types of functionalized or individualized components and component series can be produced cost-effectively.


On September 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on "CerAMfacturing of Ceramic-based Multi Material Components" with Dr. Uwe Scheithauer.

On September 16, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the topic "New Applications. Characterization of the components as a Function of the Orientation in the Installation Space" with Dr. Uwe Scheithauer.


Additive manufacturing of hard metals

Hard metals consist of the metal binders nickel or cobalt and the hard material tungsten carbide. Up to now, they have been used to produce reliable cutting, drilling, pressing and punching tools by extrusion, injection molding or uniaxial or cold isostatic powder pressing. However, complex or specific geometries can only be realized at great expense or not at all using these processes, despite expensive post-processing.

Additive processes provide a remedy. 3D powder printing (binder jetting) and thermoplastic 3D printing (3DTP) have already been successfully used at IKTS with selected hard metals. However, in addition to the adjustment of the binder content and the resulting hardness, the component size is also limited in these processes.


Sept. 16 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on "Current Trends in the Development of Hard Metals" with Dr. Johannes Pötschke.