Re: Fwd: Another TLA for you

From: Carsten Freyer (
Date: Mon Aug 23 1999 - 13:37:47 EEST

> Elaine,
> > What is IPT?
> In Germany, it stands for the Fraunhofer Institute for Production
> Technology (FhG-IPT) located in Aachen. They have been developing and
> working with RP for many years ..... and the facility and people are
> impressive. One of their processes, originally co-developed with the
> Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (FhG-ILT), also in Aachen, is
> called Controlled Metal Buildup (CMB) -- another three TLA (three letter
> acronym). CMB is a process that's similar to LENS. Anyone from IPT care
> to elaborate?
> Terry

Dear Terry,
thanks for your explanation - we couldn't have done it better ;-)

CMB (as mentioned: Control Metal Buildup) combines laser build-up
welding by powder or wire with high speed cutting to ensure the best
possible surface quality and dimensional accuracy. Each layer is
machined after generating, leading to 100-percent dense steel parts. The
technique is still in development, the commercialization for part
building, tooling and tool repairing is expected soon.

Best regards from Aachen,


PS: For decoding all the other Fraunhofer TLA's/F(four)LA's see :-)

Dipl.-Ing. Carsten Freyer

Fraunhofer Institute of Production Technology IPT Steinbachstr. 17 D-52074 Aachen Germany Tel. +49 (0)241 8904 124 Fax. +49 (0)241 8904 198 ___________________________________________________

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