A new Digital Photonic Production (DPP) research campus has been opened at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany, with an aim to research and further develop light as a tool in the production of tomorrow.
Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the DPP research campus will focus on the basic physical effects of light as well as on new methods of using it for industrial laser production processes such as 3D printing. The BMBF is funding nine such research campuses across Germany.
Among the 20 industry partners are small and medium-sized enterprises as well as large companies.
Alongside additive manufacturing methods, work at the DPP research campus will also harness manufacturing techniques that use ultrafast lasers as well as new kinds of VCSEL beam sources – for example to selectively functionalise nano-scale layers.