Fraunhofer’s hybrid LightFlex system can produce 3D printed parts with load-bearing strength

Fraunhofer's hybrid LightFlex system can produce 3D printed parts with load-bearing strength

Engineers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen, Germany are developing an innovative method for providing 3D printed parts with the load-bearing strength of injection molded components. The project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is called “LightFlex.” The LightFlex research initiative came about from a need to develop customized load-bearing parts. Currently, most load-bearing components are still made using injection molding processes, which are capable of combining plastic materials with fiber-reinforced polymers for the necessary strength. The downside to using injection molding, however, is that parts must be […]

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