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Network SmartShip – SmartShip is a research and development network that wants to digitize shipping (smartship-netzwerk.de) 
The aim of the project is the development of the Maritime Digital Platform (MDP) for use in the sports boat sector. The MDP is used to collect, process, analyze and evaluate previously undetectable, ship-specific information. By combining edge and cloud computing solutions, the strengths of both systems can be optimally combined. The edge components include sensors that collect real-time data, which are then stored, evaluated and processed via the cloud. The acquisition of relevant data (e.g. bilge water level, battery charge level) will also be maintenance-free and uncomplicated in winter storage, in order to always be able to reproduce a complete and correct information status. The result is a digital twin of the sports boat in the cloud and visualized on the boat itself. For the first time, the MDP enables the collection of many ship data that can be determined or generated across ships.
The hardware of the MDP has a modular structure to fulfill the various tasks required. This enables adaptation to different user needs and allows one
to cover a broader market. The hardware is housed in a compact and seaworthy housing, so that the future customer has an open platform with an open range of functionalities and the corresponding connections and the system can not only be used in inland waters.
The MDP is created as an open platform to give OEMs and end users the opportunity to develop their own applications for the MDP or to simply integrate existing ones. The aim of those involved in the project is to create the software environment as a corresponding, comprehensive, standardizing framework, also for third-party providers, and thus also to enable the overall integration of existing systems. This should meet the high desire for individualization of boat owners and enables a specific focus on special applications. This should also increase the acceptance of the product among potential customers.
3D print optimization – print optimization (3d-druckoptimisation.de)
As part of the ZIM cooperation project, a process control tool for additive manufacturing (PST for short) is being developed. The PST will enable constant quality in the additive manufacturing of PLA-based components by digitizing the printing process and simulating it in advance for each individual printing process. This enables the 3D printer to react to changing parameters and general conditions, such as the increasing temperature of the print bed and thus adapt the filament application. The use of an industrial camera also monitors the filament application and the print is aborted in the event of errors in the filament application.
The desired process control of the printer is therefore mainly digital. With this approach, companies will be able on the one hand to enable constant production quality and on the other hand to save significantly on costs, since misprints, especially in the case of complex geometries, can be recognized by the camera and canceled at an early stage. The validation of the technology for the PST will be carried out using a knife holder of a rotary microtome from laboratory technology. The knife holder itself consists of more than 100 components, some of which can also be replaced with plastic. However, it must be ensured that, for example, the stability of the plastic is constant for each component. This use case is therefore ideal for validating the process control tool.
The necessary developments for this are spread across the areas of material characterization, numerics, digital twins, process technology and artificial intelligence. All areas are connected to each other via a process database. The process database is therefore the linchpin of the entire PST.