Metallic foam structures offer promising application potential. Due to their structure, they are naturally lighter than solid forms. By combining these structures with other materials, custom formed materials can be developed whose properties and behavior are tailored to specific applications in areas ranging from the automotive industry to machine manufacturing, aeronautics, energy technology and biomedicine. These foam structures are the focus of the new Baden-Wuerttemberg based research project and cluster “Innovative Foam Structures for Efficient Lightweighting” (InSeL). The goal of this project is to develop functionally optimized lightweight materials using open-pored foams for industrial applications.
The Development Agency for Lightweighting Baden-Wuerttemberg is presenting this innovation as its ThinKing for March 2017. Leichtbau BW GmbH grants this distinction every month to innovative products and services from the Baden-Wuerttemberg lightweighting sector to promote new technological developments in the region.