The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is one of Europe’s leading organizations in the field of applied research, development and consulting. It has currently 80 research institutes and a staff of over 25,000 and is a recognized nonprofit organization. The Research of practical utility lies at the heart of all activities pursued by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, which undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and are of wide benefit to society. The organization participates in future-oriented research projects with the aim of finding innovative solutions to issues concerning the industrial economy and demands faced by society in general. By developing technological innovations and novel systems solutions for their customers, the Fraunhofer Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy throughout Germany and Europe.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA accommodates 16 departments in areas like Additive Manufacturing, Biomechatronic Systems, Functional Materials, Digitools for Manufacturing, Ultraclean Technology and Micromanufacturing, Coating Systems and Painting Technology, Laboratory Automation and Biomanufacturing Engineering, Robot and Assistive Systems and more.
Fraunhofer IPA will establish a process for the automated, reproducible manufacturing of the implants in an existing environment under cleanroom conditions. Fraunhofer possesses extensive infrastructure and know-how in manufacturing and automation technology including infrastructure in coating technology, robotics and additive manufacturing, while working under sterile and cleanroom conditions is possible.
The Fraunhofer will be involved in the design process and the selection of suitable materials together with the other Partners (AURORA, SOUTHAMPTON, UGOT, TUM). Also, the Fraunhofer develops several additional detailed manufacturing processes for the implant. As a result a specified design, 5 suitable materials and the most promising process concepts for the sac will be selected for further research (WP1 and 2). In WP5 the manufacturing processes of functionally graded implants including anchoring and surface functionalization will be established. The Fraunhofer will also be involved in dissemination and exploitation (WP7) and to a defined extend in project management (WP8).