Success in the Matrix: How FEHRMANN MaterialsX Redefines Automotive Manufacturing

In the world of manufacturing, the winds of change are blowing strong! The automotive and supplier industries are experiencing an era of transformation, driven by ever-evolving market needs and the necessity for faster, more flexible production methods. The innovative nexAMo project, coordinated by ZF Group Friedrichshafen AG, stands at the forefront of this transformation, showcasing its groundbreaking capabilities in practical scenarios.

Matrix Production: The Concept of the Future

Imagine a production environment as adaptable as a chameleon. That is the vision of matrix production in the nexAMo project. By combining additive manufacturing technologies, automated transport systems (AGVs), collaborative robots (Cobots), quality control during production and an integrated data structure, a level of flexibility is achieved that was previously unthinkable in the automotive industry.

The Role of FEHRMANN MaterialsX: An Alloy That Changes Everything

A key factor in implementing this visionary manufacturing technique is the material. Our task is to develop a high-performance aluminum-magnesium alloy tailored specifically for the demands of additive manufacturing. Moreover, the use of a single material throughout the manufacturing process provides significant advantages in disposal, as no separation is required.

Collaborative Innovation

The nexAMo project is a testament to the power of collaboration. Alongside ZF Group, leading industry players such as Grenzebach Group, WENZEL Group GmbH & Co. KG, Nikon SLM Solutions, ERLAS Erlanger Lasertechnik GmbH, VisiConsult - X-ray Systems & Solutions GmbH, Supfina , Fraunhofer IAPT, and FIR an der RWTH Aachen bring their expertise to enhance various facets of the manufacturing process and quality control. This diverse consortium ensures a comprehensive approach to tackling the challenges of modern manufacturing.

Practical Application and Far-Reaching Implications

With the use of this innovative alloy in Matrix-AM production, we will be able to produce small series with specific requirements more efficiently and cost-effectively. This is particularly relevant for the production of spare parts that need to be produced quickly and on-demand. The flexibility of this technology will also attract other industries, opening the door to new markets and applications.

Shaping the Future

With nexAMo, we are not just witnesses but active shapers of a new era in manufacturing. The possibilities are limitless, and the future looks bright!

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