Collaborative R&D 2023

Based on the fixed annual contributions of each of the ICTM Industry Partners a set of Collaborative R&D Projects is conducted. These projects allow high synergies and significant benefits of cooperation in particular for pre-competitive issues. All of the Collaborative R&D Projects are defined and conducted on an annual base integrating all partners to input their particular demands and participate in the results. Within the projects specific technology improvement for individual manufacturing processes as well as comprehensive improvement of the entire manufacturing chain also with regard to Digitalization is addressed. The Collaborative R&D Projects are selected by the ICTM Partner Community on the Annual R&D Meeting based on the developed ICTM Roadmap for collaborative R&D.

This roadmap covers a mid-term range and will be extended continuously to derive an annual set of collaborative R&D projects each year. As it is proprietary information to the ICTM, it cannot be disclosed to public in detail.

To complement the annual selection of collaborative R&D projects according to its roadmap the ICTM continuously screens funding opportunities that allow to address strategic topics, which could not be included because of limited collaborative annual budget. To stay independent and without constraints result of the internationality of the Partner Community, the ICTM is able to set-up sub-consortia in addition to the Partner Community with regards to particular funding projects.

Based on the ICTM Roadmap the following projects will be conducted in 2023:

Horizontal Process Chain


LCI Database & LCA methodology refinement for turbomachinery parts

"How can a basic LCI-database for sustainable turbomachinery manufacturing be developed?”


Manufacturing of Ni- or Ti-Blisks with advanced roughing strategies

"Which roughing strategy in milling is best suited with regard to different blisk designs?”


Surface Integrity – Extension of the database

"How to achieve a standardized evaluation of surface integrity for different machining processes?”

Determination of CMC grinding processes with reduced workpiece damage

"How to identify CMC grinding processes with reduced workpiece damage using machine-internal and external sensor signals?”

Advanced Machining


Manufacturing strategy optimization for blisk blades by dynamic simulations in CAM

"How to evaluate manufacturing strategies in process planning phase and how much is process stability affected by selected strategies?”

Indirect tool wear measurement with machine learning

"How to monitor cutting tools using sensor data and time-series processing methods?”


Process optimization and tool wear compensation for advanced cutting materials

"How to further optimize and qualify the advanced cutting processes for industrial application?”


In-Process measurement in 5-axis milling

"What are the potentials of machine-integrated measuring systems?”

Additive Manufacturing


Advanced EHLA3D Process Development

"How close is EHLA3D to industrial production of turbomachinery parts made of IN738?”

Adaptive process control for LPBF – Novel build strategies for support reduction

"Can the amount of support structures be reduced through novel LPBF-build-strategies?”

Assessment of advanced AM alloys for Repair / AM via LMD and LPBF

"Can defect-free volumes be built up via LPBF and LMD with newly developed alloys for AM”


LPBF on preforms - Process chain for additive repair using camera-based monitoring systems

"How can LPBF on preforms be used for additive repair?”



Tool usage optimization by automated sister tool change

"Can tool usage be maximized by automated sister tool change based on manufacturing process data?”

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