Additive Studies

Additive Studies is an IAPT-service that delivers benchmarks and technical reviews of industry relevant topics along the AM process chain. Both, the technical as well as the economic view are taken into account in the studies.

Our innovative team comes from the most diverse areas of industry and business: from mechanical engineers, computer scientists, doctors and business economists to technicians. This team creates independent and comprehensive study results.

Crowdfunding is used in order to finance the studies. In this way the total costs can be divided into small contributions per company.

If you would like to commission a study yourself or if you would like to get access to one of them, please don’t hesitate to contact Maximilian Kluge.


Surface Finish Study

In terms of surface roughness, metallic 3D printed parts often do not meet the surface quality requirements, which makes finishing necessary. This benchmark study shows the influence of different finishing processes on 3D printed metal parts. The results: an objective comparison of the performance of the various finishing processes.




Additive Monitoring Study

Quality assurance is one of the main obstacles to the widespread introduction of PBF technology. Therefore, Fraunhofer IAPT conducts a study to compare several commercially available in-process monitoring systems for L-PBF machines.


Additive Fatigue Study

Metal 3D printed parts often do not meet the requirements for surface quality, especially with regard to surface roughness. It is therefore often necessary to finish the workpieces in this respect. Therefore, a benchmark study is conducted  to evaluate the influence of different finishing processes on 3D printed metal parts in regards to fatigue- & tensile-performance.


Customized Studies

Besides public studies, we also offer the creation of studies on customer-specific AM topics. If you need support in the evaluation of your AM topic, please contact Christian Franke for setting up the concept of a study tailored to your specific needs.


Additive Maritime Study

This study to assess the need for additive manufacturing methods in the maritime industry in the greater metropolitan region of Hamburg has been created on behalf of the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany.