Additive Manufacturing of Glass Materials for the Production of Optical, Thermal and Structural Components
Generative Manufacturing of Optical, Thermal and Structural Components (GROTESK)
Additive manufacturing of optical, thermal and structural components requires a combination of different matched manufacturing processes. A new process development, which has only been investigated in research and development for a few years, is the additive manufacturing of glass materials. A wide diversity of approaches are being investigated and implemented in this area. In order to specifically manufacture optical components from a pure glass material without the use of binders, the process of fiber-based laser glass deposition is used as part of this work. This process makes it possible to add functional waveguides in previously impossible shapes, spherical lenses and solids additively on a glass substrate.