Concept Laser Wins 2016 IAMA

The company was named the second International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) winner for its monitoring system.

Concept Laser GmbH of Lichtenfels, Germany, has won the 2016 International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA), topping 15 other entries with its additive manufacturing process-monitoring system. The company accepted the award at the Inside 3D Printing conference during METAV in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Concept Laser’s winning innovation is an in-situ real-time process monitoring system for powder-bed additive manufacturing. The system measures properties like size and intensity of the melting path's thermal radiation in ultra-high resolution, and displays the data in correlation to the position of the melting bath on the workpiece’s surface and thus to the component’s geometry. The system is meant to help the user localize and evaluate process anomalies during production.

“Our innovation enables downstream test processes to be reduced to a minimum, which helps to save both time and money,” says Frank Herzog, managing partner and founder of Concept Laser. “In addition, the process offers an entirely new approach for research and development centers tasked not only with improving the process, but also new materials and component geometries.”

The IAMA was launched in 2014 by AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology in partnership with VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) to support the growing field of additive manufacturing technology and foster the expansion of its industrial applications. This year’s entries were reviewed by an international jury, which included representatives from AMT, VDW, academia, the media and industry. IAMA winners receive a $20,000 cash prize plus a media package worth $80,000 for marketing the technology supported by media partners Gardner Business Media and VDI Nachrichten. CECIMO, the European Association of Machine Tool Industries, is a sponsor.

In attendance at this year’s award presentation, Jason Jones, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, reflected on winning the inaugural IAMA in 2015. “It is impossible to emphasize how transformational receiving this award has been to our company,” he says. “It absolutely made a step change difference in many ways and essentially put us on the map. We thank all those involved—AMT, VDW, Gardner, VDI and CECIMO—for sponsoring this award.”