Inside the Center for Lightweight Production Technology

The team from the business office of the Lightweight Initiative had the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stade.

The motto of the day: "Lightweight construction begins behind Buxtehude" (Editors note: a small city between Hamburg and Stade in Germany). To be more precise, we were at the Center for Lightweight Production Technology (ZLP), where, in addition to processes for the aerospace industry, research is also being conducted into possible applications for the automotive industry and the production of rotor blades for wind turbines.

The team was warmly welcomed by Institute Director Prof. Dr. Wiedemann, Head of the Production Technologies Department, Dr. Stefaniak, and Mr. Andres, Head of the Transport Division. After a delicious lunch snack, a relaxed exchange about the activities of DLR and the Lightweight Construction Initiative began. One of the day's highlights was BALU, the world's largest research autoclave, which provided a fascinating insight into DLR's living laboratory for innovative production technologies.

Less material, less mass - but all the more enthusiasm for pioneering technologies! We would like to take this opportunity to thank the German Aerospace Center and the ZLP in particular for their hospitality and valuable input.

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Author of this article:

Anika Barthel
(Project Manager)

Team of DLR and Initiative Lightweight with the research autoclav, BALU®
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