Contribution Oral Presentation
Digital Photonic Production along the lines of Industry 4.0
The context of future Laser Applications in modern manufacturing can be summarized by “Digital Photonic Production”. The vision of designing a structure or product in the computer and creating it additively using Diode- or Solid-state lasers or by ablation with high power ultrafast lasers drives many research topics in this area. But also the integration into production chains with the challenge of meeting the demands of production along the lines of Industry 4.0 is starting to be addressed seriously. From the point of Laser technology, main fields of activity are measurement processes of quality relevant data on-line, process control mechanisms and the combination with automation as a whole. Of course, the processes themselves are under intense investigation, such as Selective Laser Melting, Laser Metal Deposition, Laser Ultrafast Ablation and Laser Polishing. The increase of productivity is the prime goal under economical aspects. New concept and performance results under this criterion will be presented. Also correspondingly increased quality of the resulting products in terms of surface roughness and distortion are key issues of consideration. To address these challenges effectively, new ways of collaboration of Public Private Partnerships PPP are believed to be successful. Examples of strategic PPP collaboration will be given, the BMBF-Research-Campus-project DPP will be displayed in its present status. Especially the research strategy in form of road mapping and collaboration in sub clusters develops to an essential factor in this innovation concept. Ultimately the development resulted in the “Innovation Center for Digital Photonic Production”, a conglomerate of app. 20 companies locating their research activities in the corresponding new building in close cooperation and vicinity with ILT and the RWTH Laser University Chairs. On the very fundamental side, research topics and roadmaps identified by15 interdisciplinary collaborating RWTH-chairs in the frame of the “Research Center for Digital Photonic Production” will be demonstrated and discussed. Its home will be a corresponding building, which is under construction and will come to operation in the very near future.