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SIEMENS CT is a strategic partner to Siemens’ operative units. It provides important services along the entire value chain – from research and development to production and quality assurance, as well as optimized business processes. The support provided to the businesses in their research and development activities is ideally balanced with CT’s own future-oriented research.
SIEMENS is heavily involved in many areas of magnet technology, e.g. in synchronous motors for industrial drive applications or direct drive wind turbines. Within the project our role is to think ahead on new and improved applications based on the SDS process. Siemens input starts from components processed via 3D printing or MIM showing novel degrees of freedom. Based on the option to realize complex geometries as well as novel material combinations we have been triggered to simulate and define future directions for electrical machines. Therefore our role is clearly on designing applications, specifying and testing components and also checking industrialization potential and other business related aspects.

We spoke with Dr. Michael Krispin, Project Manager and Research Scientist at Siemens AG Corporate Technology:

How did you come to hear about the project REProMag? What convinced you to get involved?

The first draft of the project proposal had been passed to Siemens by the coordinator. Already during the initial phase of screening and evaluation, our research unit agreed on the relevance of the proposed approach. The core focus of the REProMag project, i.e. combining recycling of materials (towards circular economy) with innovative production processes (Additive Manufacturing and MIM) has sparked our interest. And last but not least the competence and enthusiasm of the consortium partners convinced us to get involved.

Which advantages are there for your organisation in REProMag?

We are part of the whole development process in a protected environment (consortium agreement). Therefore we get detailed insight to the new technologies and can discuss new options and features. On the other hand we also get to know about limitations and potential quality issues during industrialization. This stimulates further deep dives into the technology and at the best the transfer into products.

Is REProMag your first H2020 project? Your feedback on the project: Are you satisfied with it, would you do something differently if you could start again at day one?

ReProMag is our first H2020 project. We’ve got an excellent insight in the technologies along the process chain from feedstock to 3D-printing and have learnt a lot about opportunities and challenges. Therefore the project has strengthened our knowledge in 3D printing of functional materials as well as extended our base of magnet components with regard to industrial applications. The results and findings of such a research project are manifold and often cannot be foreseen. Therefore it is difficult to define a demonstrator already in the beginning so it needed to be adopted in the course of the project to represent the project results as good as possible.


Dr. Michael Krispin is Project Manager and Research Scientist at Siemens AG Corporate Technology in the field of functional materials research and development with a background in Physics. His current topics at Corporate Technology are materials for power generation, i.e. fiber reinforced ceramics and hard and soft magnetic materials.