AMC Summer School 2022 – Summer, sun, lake and future

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The Collaborative Research Centre Transregio TRR 277 Additive Manufacturing in Construction (AMC) met at the end of July for an intensive research exchange at Lake Ammersee. For one week, the Haus der Bayerischen Landwirtschaft was home to 80 AMC scientists and their guests. Among them were students from the cooperating universities TU Braunschweig and TU München as well as the TUM Venture Lab. The five days of the Summer School brought a breeze of fresh air to the AMC and motivated the researchers for the upcoming second phase of the overall project.

Photo of the AMC research exchange
Alle Bilder: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM
Photo of sculptures of the AMC research exchange
Image: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM
Photo of a discussion within the AMC research exchange
Image: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM
Photo of a lecture of the AMC research exchange
Image: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM
Photo of a lecture within the research exchange Transregio TRR 277 Additive Manufacturing in Construction (AMC)
Image: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM
Photo of sculptures of the AMC research exchange
Image: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM
Photo of a lecture within the AMC research exchange
Image: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM
Photo of the AMC research exchange
Image: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM
Photo of a lecture of the AMC research exchange
Image: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM
Photo of sculptures of the AMC research exchange
Image: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM
Photo of a lecture within the AMC research exchange
Image: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM
Photo of a lecture of the AMC research exchange
Image: Karl Joseph Hildenbrand / TUM

This year's AMC Summer School took a look back at the research highlights achieved so far as well as a look into the future. Here the focus was also on the question: how can additive manufacturing techniques be implemented and integrated in buildings in concrete terms? But the near future should also play an important role at this AMC meeting. Next year, the Collaborative Research Centre will be reviewed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The so-called second phase of the AMC and the setting of priorities were discussed intensively among the researchers.

But first, university students of the cooperation seminar „From Additive Manufacturing to Architecture“ succeeded in inspiring our scientists with creative and innovative ideas. In their final presentation, the students showed designs which integrate methods of additive manufacturing right into the construction process of a residential building. Aspects of these designs are now to be implemented and built in reality. In particular, they are to be used for a collaborative demonstrator, i.e. exhibits on which the techniques and possibilities of additive manufacturing can be demonstrated in a comprehensible and vivid way on a large scale. This collaborative demonstrator will be a central element of the DFG's review in 2023. How could one present scientific research results any more clearly than with a tangible object?

The scientists worked in small working groups and workshops on answers to the question how each sub-project can contribute to the collaborative demonstrator and to the second project phase. These intensive discussions often went on late into the evening. But the personal get-together of many scientists was also respected by a joint hike to Kloster Andechs and swimming breaks to cool off a bit in the nearby Lake Ammersee.

An evening lecture by the Venture Lab of the TU Munich completed the programme of Summer School 2022. Dr.-Ing. Sascha Schwarz from the Venture Lab Additive Manufacturing and Christos Chantzaras, TUM Venture Lab Built Environment,

presented challenges and opportunities of scalability of research results by examples of founding one's own company and/or collaborating with commercial enterprises. Developing a business idea with researchers, finding partners from the industry or even having a dedicated space to get together for the first time are all smaller and larger challenges in the desire to found a company. The TUM Venture Lab offers suitable concepts and an experienced network of experts who help to take the leap into self-employment and build a bridge between researchers and industry. Will some of our scientists become founders? We will see in the next few years, but who they would have to approach to do so, they do know now.

"So much drive, so much dynamic, so many inspiring ideas that I have experienced here in the last few days! I am thrilled and I wish that we can take this energy for the preparations of the Collaborative Demonstrator and into the 2nd phase. This energy shows me what we and our Collaborative Research Centre are really capable of achieving: a contribution to changing the world of construction. We can prepare the way for more sustainable, resource-saving and design-oriented construction," says Prof. Dr Kathrin Dörfler, co-spokesperson of the AMC, in her closing words for the AMC Summer School 2022.

Braunschweig / München, August 2022
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Official Press Release on the AMC Summer School 2022

About the AMC:

The Collaborative Research Center Transregio TRR 277 Additive Manufacturing in Construction (AMC) aims to fundamentally research additive manufacturing (3D printing) as a novel digital manufacturing technology for construction. In the interdisciplinary, cross-location research project, the two universities TU Braunschweig and TU Munich, pursue the novel manufacturing approach for the construction industry. Additive manufacturing can develop into a key technology for the digitalization of the construction industry. Complex research questions on materials, process engineering, control, modeling, design and construction are being investigated holistically by scientists from the fields of civil and mechanical engineering.

AMC Members at the TUM School of Enginering and Design: 

Chair of Architectural Informatics : Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Petzold, Chao Li 

Chair of Computational Modeling and Simulation: Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Borrmann, PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Stefan Kollmannsberger, Oguz Oztoprak, TUM Emeriti of Excellence Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ernst Rank, Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah, Martin Slepicka, Prodekan Simon Vilgertshofer

Chair of Architectural Design and Construction: Anne Niemann

Chair of Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Fottner, Maximilian Dahlenburg, Stephan Kessler

Chair for Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design: Prof. Thomas Auer, David Briels, Ahmad Nouman

Chair of Timber Structures and Building Construction: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Winter, Birger Buschmann, Dr. Klaudius Henke, Bettina Saile, Daniel Talke

Chair of Metal Structures: Johannes Diller, Christina Radlbeck, Dorina Siebert

Chair of Structural Analysis: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai-Uwe Bletzinger, Dr. Reza Najian Asl, PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Roland Wüchner

Chair of Materials Science and Testing: Dekan Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof. h.c. Christoph Gehlen, Maximlian Hechtl, Dr. Thomas Kränkel, Carla Matthäus, Alexander Straßer

Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael F. Zäh, Felix Riegger, David L. Wenzler, Andreas Wimmer

Assistant Professorship of Digital Fabrication: Prof. Dr. sc. ETH Kathrin Dörfler, Gido Dielemans, Julia Fleckenstein