Function integration through additive production

In addition to well-known advantages in lightweight construction, additive manufacturing has great potential for function / component integration. In addition to reducing the number of individual parts and fewer assembly steps, the advantages here are also lower logistics costs for parts management.

Showcase (real application example)

The example shows a locking mechanism for a device slot with two locking positions of a knee lever. The original locking device consists of 11 components for the assembly with 10 assembly steps. Within the scope of a feasibility study, this could be reduced to 3 components with 2 assembly steps by consistent use of additive manufacturing (metal 1.4404).

Service groups

Contract manufacturing
    Production of parts and assemblies




Aceon AG, 6370 Stans


Services (Engineering, Consulting, Marketing, etc.)

Major benefits achieved

Functional or component integration

Used technologies

3D printing
Laser Melting

Used materials

Metal / Edelstahl / stainless steel / CL 20ES / 1.4404

Field of innovation

Support parts


Provider who helped realising this showcase

Hochschule Luzern Technik & Architektur

Kompetenzzentrum Mechanische Systeme

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Prof. Dr. Carsten Haack
Research and development

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