About Consortium Projects

In a consortium project, several different companies merge together in an interdisciplinary, cross-industry approach to identify, structure and evaluate potential risks and benefits of the latest technological trends. Helping the partners to select the most promising solutions and to avoid dead-ends is one part of a consortium project.

Another aim of the concept is for several consortium partners to define the main emphases of the contents that will be worked out and to contribute their own individual issues. This allows us to focus on selected and target-oriented fields of attention. In our projects, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the latest trends and technologies regarding the selected topics as well as technological and ecological transparency. Furthermore, one main goal is the access to and communication within a large, cross-industry network of partners.

Together with our research partners and a strong team of experts from Fraunhofer IPT and different institutes of RWTH Aachen University, such as the Laboratory of Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL or the Institute for Industrial Management FIR, we already successfully completed several projects regarding the key issues Additive Manufacturing and Industry 4.0. A consortium project normally lasts one year and is divided up into three phases. During these phases, four large project meetings take place, in which the interim results are presented, valuable keynote sessions are held, workshop sessions take place and more focus topics are identified. Especially the exchange and networking opportunities between the industry partners and experts, which are promoted during the project meetings, workshops and evening receptions, are a valuable part of the consortium projects.