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What is EmpowerAX?

 

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.

 

What is Additive Extrusion?

 

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.

 

What is EmpowerAX doing?

 

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:

  • Neutral technology assessment
  • Establishing of application scenarios & evaluation chains
  • Providing of standardization & qualification measures
  • Transfer of technologies & knowledge
  • Identification of joint development opportunities

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.

 

Why EmpowerAX?

 

EmpowerAX offers you as a technology user the following opportunities:

  • Access to Additive Extrusion technology even if there is no prior knowledge
  • Identification and pre-evaluation of application scenarios and assistance in implementation of Additive Extrusion technology
  • Opportunity to get in contact with industrial companies, research institutions and other technology users and suppliers
  • Opportunity of joint (further-) development of applications for Additive Extrusion
  • Benefit from the infrastructure and technical equipment of EmpowerAX

 

For you as a technology provider in the area of Additive Extrusion, EmpowerAX offers the following opportunities:

  • Extended understanding of industrial needs and possible applications for your technology
  • Neutral technology assessment
  • Joint creation of standardization and qualification measures in the field of Additive Extrusion
  • Opportunity to get in contact with industrial companies, research institutions and other technology users and suppliers
  • Opportunity of joint (further-) development of applications for Additive Extrusion
  • Benefit from the infrastructure and technical equipment of EmpowerAX

 

How to become a part of EmpowerAX?

 

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.