Metal 3D printing process developer garners German Future Prize 2015 nomination


Said now to be ‘among the best,’ Frank Herzog has had the great honor of being chosen as a finalist of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis (German Future Prize) 2015, with a Federal President’s Award for Innovation and Technology nomination. This is just another feather in the cap for Germany-headquartered Concept Laser GmbH, with Herzog being highlighted for outstanding service in ‘initiative’ for 3D printing with metal, as well as offering an ‘innovation location.’ Nominees are being assessed by ten experts from science and industry, with the winner being endowed with €250,000. The award will be given in Berlin on December 2nd, 2015.

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Industrial Laser Solutions' take:

Concept Laser president and CEO Frank Herzog has been selected as a finalist of the German Future Prize 2015, with a Federal President’s Award for Innovation and Technology nomination for the company's metal 3D printing process.

The metal 3D printing process, called LaserCUSING, involves a fusing process in which 3D CAD data is then used for 3D printing. It creates mechanical, thermally stable 3D-printed pieces used with stainless and tool steel, aluminum and titanium alloys, nickel-based superalloys, cobalt-chromium alloys, and gold and silver alloys.

A recent project, titled "3D Printing in Civil Aircraft Manufacturing – a Production Revolution is Taking Off," had earned Herzog the nomination. The project involved a titanium component that was 3D-printed and meant to serve as a bracket on an Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. Using the LaserCUSING process created a bracket that weighs 30% less than one created using traditional milling.

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