The DLR Innovation Lab Empower Additive Extrusion (EmpowerAX) is a demand-oriented, industry-diversified platform of technology users and providers for Additive Extrusion operated by the Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Braunschweig, Germany. Application scenarios in transport, medical, sport and many other industries meet technological solutions of material suppliers, machine developers and research facilities. The common goal is to establish standardization and qualification measures to facilitate the technology transfer into industrial application, lower implementation barriers and enable a targeted technology development. EmpowerAX enables collaborative assessment of Additive Extrusion technologies and applications.
Additive Extrusion is a process in which a thermoplastic material or a semi-finished product is continuously conveyed, melted and deposited along a tool path to form a structure. To enhance the structural performance the integration of continuous fiber reinforcements to increase stiffness and strength as well as the insertion of functionalized elements for sensory or electrical purposes are of particular interest. With the help of Additive Extrusion, high tooling costs are avoided, production efficiency is increased and new design freedoms are possible.
The Innovation Lab EmpowerAX acts as neutral technology platform and provides a knowledge base to facilitate a more strengthens communication between technology users and technology providers. EmpowerAX assists you as a technology user to identify and pre-evaluate economically sustainable application fields for Additive Extrusion technologies.
In summary, the following activities take place in EmpowerAX:
Empower AX represents a common platform supported by global players of the entire Additive Extrusion process chain, which offers neutral technology access, broad technology availability and comprehensive know how.
EmpowerAX offers you as a technology user the following opportunities:
For you as a technology provider in the area of Additive Extrusion, EmpowerAX offers the following opportunities:
We invite you to join the EmpowerAX platform and support the goal of using Additive Extrusion technologies in your industrial sectors in a demand-driven and targeted way.
If you are interested, please contact us.