The first day of the first InnovationForum of the InnovationCampus Future Mobility (ICM) was actually almost over when things got exciting again. In the last workshop, various teams were asked to define the decisive research fields on the topic of advanced manufacturing on the electric motor. When an industry participant described a seemingly unsolvable concrete problem from a company, Dr. Mathias Menold from the Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW) at the University of Stuttgart immediately intervened. Because theoretically a solution already exists at the IFSW, it just needs to be implemented for the application. So in a small moment away from the big lectures and discussions, exactly what an ICM InnovationForum is for happened: it deepens the exchange between research and industry to accelerate the transfer of science and thus the development of innovations. "The format provides us with good ideas for new research approaches and creates valuable networks," says Menold.
The InnovationForums and workshops of the ICM serve as platforms for academia and industry to discuss new mobility and production technologies and jointly move into the future. "We expect impulses from industry regarding the direction in which the ICM should push research, and we want to show approaches and solutions our partner institutes have for specific industry challenges," explains Matthias Vollat, ICM's transfer manager. He organized the first InnovationForum, which took place in July at the Hohenwart Forum in Pforzheim.
The theme, 'Advanced Manufacturing in the Electric Motor,' featured top researchers and developers from companies providing insights into their respective fields and their integration into modern and advanced manufacturing processes. In the research segment, presentations covered the fundamental requirements and possibilities offered by Advanced Manufacturing, the potential of laser-based or binder-based additive manufacturing for mobility systems, and agile production methods. In other parts of the program, industry representatives, for example, presented applications, perspectives of laser and system technology for the electric motor, or the possibilities of sensor-driven quality control for agile production methods.