Fraunhofer IZM uses 3D-printing as an additive manufacturing process to support optical packaging and interconnection technology. The process is capable of optical packaging and interconnection technology. Stereolithography 3D printing enables rapid prototyping. SLA is the abbreviation of Sterelithography. Functional polymer-based materials build the basis for parts and tools.

Stereolithography or SLA is a 3D-printing technology used to turn polymer-based functional materials into precisely engineered parts or tools. Fraunhofer IZM uses 3D-Printing as an additive manufacturing process.
You can chose specific materials to match the intended application. There are for example Transparent, Bio-compatible, Heat resistant as well as Mechanically durable materials.

There is a wide range of possible use cases, as transparent materials are e.g. a preferred choice for optical or fluidic applications. The range of materials and the high speed of the process make the technology an ideal option for fast prototyping in almost any area of application.

Fraunhofer IZM specializes in industry-oriented applied research. With four technology clusters, Fraunhofer IZM covers the entire spectrum of technologies as well as services necessary for developing reliable electronics and integrating new technology into applications. Our customers are as varied as the applications for electronics. We take on development projects for the automotive industry, healthcare and industrial electronics and additionally even textile companies. The Micro Energy Storage and Smart Power group works in the field of integrated rechargeable micro batteries, micro fuel cells and energy harvesting.


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