The Section for Manufacturing Engineering performs theoretical, numerical, and experimental research in the
field of manufacturing engineering. It covers a wide range of manufacturing processes and modelling approaches,
metrology at all scales, micro/nano manufacturing, and additive manufacturing. The research is based on a multidisciplinary
use of process technology, materials science, solid and fluid mechanics as well as thermodynamics
and heat transfer in the analysis, modelling, and development of manufacturing processes. The research objective
is to promote precision manufacturing to meet performance, durability, reliability, size, and cost requirements of
modern products. Precision manufacturing is characterized by parts with tight tolerances and specific functional
properties, often made in advanced materials with specific properties.
The focus is on adopting the industry 4.0 framework in both teaching and research. This inherently involves two
themes: a) Establishing the digital twin of manufactured products by the combination of process monitoring and
process modelling as well as b) Increasing the focus on manufacturing processes, which are inherently born digital,
such as additive manufacturing. A senior researcher position, which will be in charge of a cross-departmental
initiative on industry 4.0 and additive manufacturing has specifically been allocated to this area. As regards
teaching, a process has been initiated in which the aim is to a) strengthen the application of digital tools in
courses and projects as well as to b) teach how to apply and benefit from the digitalization of production.
Expectations for the year ahead
The section will further strengthen its activities within the digitalization of manufacturing processes under the
umbrella of industry 4.0. This specifically involves increased activities in additive manufacturing, including the
initialization of the newly granted AM-LINE4.0, which is an IFD funded Grand Solutions project in which a fully
equipped physical production line for metals additive manufacturing will be established at the Danish Technological
Institute in Århus. The Section will, together with MTU and FAM, be responsible for establishing the digital
twin of this production line.
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