Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung IPA
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The Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (FhG-IPA) has over 350 employees and is one of the largest institutes within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft embedded in an excellent infrastructure. The aim of the research and development is to demonstrate the potential of automating and streamlining production, processes and products for industry.

Since 2002 the research group for “Additive Manufacturing and Digital Printing” concentrates on inkjet and laser printing technologies with an emphasis on new applications of digital printing for manufacturing purposes. Successful projects include the development of an innovative production process for biochips using laser printing technique as well as the further development of jetting ceramic inks for the ceramic industry. A focus is on process development and the design and assembly of experimental rigs and prototype printers.