Supported StartUp from the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences

Supported StartUp from the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences

Dr. Andreas Baum, lecturer and scientific assistant in the field of mechanical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim, has received funding from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) Baden-Württemberg since Monday, 1st April 2019. His newly founded start-up, "MetShape GmbH", is supported for one year by the "Young Innovators" programme. His company specializes in the manufacturing of indirectly additive components using the lithography-based metal manufacturing process (LMM) and the associated development services. "I am very pleased that the state is supporting us in making the innovative additive manufacturing process for metallic precision parts, developed at the Institute of Jewellery Technology (STI) of the university together with international partners, available for industrial application," said Andreas Baum. The mentor for setting up the company is the head of the STI, Professor Dr. Carlo Burkhardt, in whose laboratories the technical equipment is also installed.

The LMM process, in which other materials, such as non-weldable materials, can be processed in addition to the metal materials known from laser sintering, is characterized by very good surface quality and high precision. "The LMM process is a highly efficient printing process that sets new standards in terms of precision in the additive production of metallic components and is therefore particularly suitable for very small and small components with a dense, pore-free microstructure," says Andreas Baum, explaining the advantages of this process. "The LMM process makes it possible to manufacture components or products from high-quality materials such as stainless steel or titanium due to the process control. Further materials such as tool steels or precious metals will follow".

Andreas Baum is managing director of the newly founded company. From 1999 to 2003 he studied mechanical engineering at the Pforzheim Faculty of Technology. He was awarded the "Research Exellence Award" of the university for his diploma thesis "Process Engineering in Laser Deposition Welding". After receiving his diploma, Andreas Baum worked as a scientific assistant at the university in a foundation-funded research project on the subject of "Wear reduction on forming tools by laser deposition welding", for which he began his dissertation at the TU Dresden in 2005. He completed his doctorate in 2013 with the title "Investigation of process-related structural deviations of laser cladded carbides from the regular structure of sintered carbides". Upon completion of his doctorate, he was assigned the position of central study course employee, teacher for special tasks and safety representative of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Pforzheim.


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Young innovators

The aim of the "Young Innovators" funding programme of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) is to support young graduates or scientific staff from universities and publicly funded non-university research institutions in their efforts to set up their own businesses in Baden-Württemberg and thus promote the transfer of knowledge and technology from science to industry. The object of a business start-up must be the production, sale or service of an innovative product or process. These must be based on an invention, on developed software or on the technological know-how of the funded person. Support is provided not for business start-ups as such, but for targeted preparation for them. Above all, the aim is to secure the livelihoods of the entrepreneurs receiving funding. They also receive financial support for material and investment costs as well as further training measures. Since 1995, more than 220 start-up projects have been supported. (Source: Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) Baden-Württemberg)

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