The new research building will be established in the neighbourhood of the Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH). Its completion is planned for 2022. The building and the large-scale equipment will cost a total of around 49.6 million euros, funded in equal shares by the Land Lower Saxony and the Federal Government.
Eleven large-scale facilities, among them a mobile servo press, assembly and production platforms, two additive production systems, indoor laser GPS and a multi-axis dynamic load test bench, will be installed on a usable area of approx. 7,000 square metres. A central hall with a height of ten metres and laboratory areas allow the handling of large-format components. So far, the production of large-scale components is limited by the size of the machines used. Larger component sizes thus require completely new production concepts and machines.
On the occasion of the breaking-ground ceremony, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Science and Culture Björn Thümler said: "The university competencies in the field of scalable production will be concentrated in the research centre SCALE, thus enhancing Lower Saxony’s profile as a science location considerably."