Additive manufacturing processes are among the major future topics in production technology that will significantly change the processes of product development and production. Complex metal parts successively built up from metal powder with a laser at lightning speed, and molds made in a 3D printer from sand and a binding liquid - these are examples of previously unattainable additive manufacturing methods that can innovate production chains.
There is a high level of industrial, intersectional and international significance attached to additive manufacturing processes in production technology, which is closely linked to a strong demand for qualified personnel in the area.
The digitalization of production in "Smart Factories" focuses on the long-term goal of networking all plants, products and processes of a self-organizing factory. As a central component of the future-oriented project "Industry 4.0", it will be used in numerous sectors such as chemistry, automotive, electrical and mechanical engineering. In Germany alone, an estimated additional 80 billion euros in net product will be created by 2025, according to forecasts of by BITKOM and Fraunhofer Institute for Work Management and Organization.
The implementation of Industry 4.0 requires skilled workers that are adapted to current as well as future requirements of digital production. Within these future production networks, qualified employees play an important role as problem solvers, experience bearers and decision-makers and are essential as developers of new products and work processes.
The electrification of propulsion systems has developed into a global future-oriented trend, which extends from container ships to aircrafts and, of course, the automotive industry. From a production point of view, the challenges and opportunities on the way to e-mobility are very diverse - an integrated product- and production development for new vehicle concepts is a key element. With mechanical engineering as one of the key players in technological change, automotive suppliers and original equipment manufacturers will need skilled engineers with interdisciplinary expertise in the interface to e-mobility.
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