Collaborative R&D 2021

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 2021:

Horizontal Process Chain

Ni-Blisk Manufacturing – Achieving Small Tolerances

"To what extend can tolerances be reduced in Blisk manufacturing?"

Surface Integrity Approach to Develop Analysis Scheme

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

Advanced Machining


Model-based Simulation of Blade Dynamics in Blisk Machining within CAM

"How to simulate the dynamic behavior in Blisk machining during process design phase?"


Automated Tool Wear Measurement in 5-axis Milling Machine Tools

"Is it industrially applicable to detect tool wear automatically by using In-line microscopy and AI?”


Advanced Cutting Materials for Milling of Nickel-Based Alloys

"What impact do advanced cutting materials have onto the machining of nickel-based alloys?"

Additive Manufacturing


Extreme High-Speed LMD Processes for Additive Manufacturing

"How can EHLA 3D improve near-net shape deposition over LMD while increasing build rates?"


Analysis of Melt Pool Monitoring Data for Evaluation of Material Properties and Process Stability in LMD

"How to analyze and correlate LMD melt pool monitoring data in a geometry-oriented approach with material properties?"


Quality Assurance by Sensor Fusion of Optical Process Monitoring Data in LPBF

"Can observations of melt pool and solidified part be combined to better detect process deviations?"


In-situ Part Quality Improvement by Adaptive Laser Control (cw +pw) in LPBF

"How can the as-built part quality be improved with minimum deterioration of process productivity by adaptive laser control?"



Optimized Blisk Series Production by Use of Tool Path Compensation Methods

"Do tool path compensation methods improve product quality and process stability in Blisk production?"

Uncertainty Quantification for the Quality Inspection Driven by Manufacturing Data

"How reliable are the results achieved from quality inspection driven by manufacturing data?"

Collaborative R&D 2021

Collaborative R&D 2020

Collaborative R&D 2019

Collaborative R&D 2018

Collaborative R&D 2017