Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project "Go Beyond 4.0"

Project runs Dec 2016 to Nov 2019

Digital Manufacturing revolutionizes Mass Production

Innovating Mass Production by Digital Print and Laser Technologies


New Technologies for the Differentiation and Efficiency Enhancement in Production

The current globally implemented production concept is all about the mass production of identical products to maximize production efficiency. On the other hand the future of automotive, aerospace and lighting markets is designated by the demand of manufacturing customized products. The obvious challange of this demand is to maintain the economic advantages of mass production. Exectly this challange meets the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft with its strategic lighthouse project “Go Beyond 4.0” and intents to bolster the german industry and its leading possition in the global economic competition.  

The lighthouse project “Go Beyond 4.0” pursues the objective to provide new technologies for the mass production of individualized products. Specifically, this means the integration of digital printing and laser technologies into industry 4.0 production environments which are currently installed.

To meet these objectives, excellent expertises of six leading Fraunhofer Institutes are teamed up. The team consists of Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS in Chemnitz (project leader), Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena, Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU in Dresden and Chemnitz, tapping on additional competences of several Fraunhofer Groups: Microelectronics, Production, MATERIALS and Light & Surfaces.