We keep powder metallurgy in progress.


Funded projects

In its field of activities PLM is continuously looking for additional project partners who are interested in cooperation for new projects funded by national and/or international organizations.


Actually, there is a stand-alone project in progress, which is substantially funded by the European Commission within the HORIZON 2020 framework. PLM is one out of a few awarded champions in Germany. A successful implementation of the results will put PLM in a leading position competitive wise.

Acronym: “ImpAl“
Type of project: Stand-alone project
Title: “Improvements for a cost-effective volume production of advanced aluminum”
Duration2 years
Short summary:

For a more cost effective production of high performance aluminum alloys it is essential to improve productivity and output of all processing steps involved. For small and medium sized companies (SME) like PLM these are challenges associated with high risks in terms of execution and finances. Included are the production of large volumes of feedstock via melt spinning as well as the downstream processing via extrusion and/or milling. Another subject of the project is the final optimization of alloy properties, which have to be adjusted under volume production conditions. Reproducibility and highest quality are the top issues. Finally, the proper re-introduction of milling chips into the processing loop is essential for a cost effective volume production.



Another project is dealing with generative manufacturing of net shape products via Selective Laser Melting (SLM). This project is partially funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economy (BMWi) within the framework of ZIM. PLM is responsible for alloy development and material characterization within the consortium.

Acronym: “Lhasa“
Type of project: Joint project
Title: “Laser additive manufacturing of high strength aluminum structures“
Subproject PLM“Alloy composition and material characterization“
Duration3 years
Short summary:

Actual aluminum components manufactured via selective laser melting (SLM) are made out of alloys such like Alsi12 and/or AlSi10Mg. These alloys are very suitable for this process. However, compared to high performance aluminum alloys these conventional compositions exhibit only low performance properties (strength, hardness, fatigue). For the time being there are not yet any high strength aluminum alloys available for SLM processing, which could improve lightweight construction significantly. Therefore, the project target is to improve the laser additive manufacturing of such high performance alloys including an adjustment of alloy compositions.