Digital manufacturing in mass production
Beyond Industry 4.0 (automation and digitalization of manufacturing), the markets are looking for technologies to mass manufacture customized and individualized products. To provide the industry with the needed technologies a new innovative Fraunhofer project called “Go Beyond 4.0” was granted in 2016. The concept is to integrate digital manufacturing processes like inkjet printing and laser manufacturing modularly in existing mass manufacturing environments. With this concept, the manufacturing of a huge variety of products can be mass manufactured down to batch size one. Within the project, digital manufacturing in mass production will be demonstrated in three applications which addresses the major markets automotive, aerospace and lighting: smart door, smart wing and smart luminaire. The Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS coordinates the consortia consisting of the Fraunhofer Institutes ENAS, IFAM, ILT, IOF, ISC and IWU. These institutes are leaders in the areas of mechanical engineering, digital printing, electro technique, photonics and material sciences.