Spain’s AIMEN Centro Tecnológico is spearheading a new Pan-European project to advance the reliability, speed and quality of 3D printing processes.
The ‘Intelligent data-driven pipeline for the manufacturing of certified metal parts through Direct Energy Deposition’ (INTEGRADDE) project involves 26 partners from 11 countries – including the University of Sheffield.
The main aim of the project is to advance Industry 4.0 through new additive manufacturing technologies and processes.
It plans to increase the reliability of AM processes by 40%, production speed by 25%, and provide a step-change in improving the quality of parts produced.
The consortium is confident that the outcome of the project will have significant impact in the aeronautical, mechanical, automotive and civil construction sectors.
It has already begun working closely with end-users such as GKN Aerospace, ArcelorMittal, MX3D, Loiretech and CORDA.
Three engineering departments at Sheffield – Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE), Civil and Structural Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering – form an integral part of the project.
ACSE’s main scientific input in the project will be to create a data-driven computational framework for extracting process-part relationships from the manufacturing pilot lines.
The department’s main thrust will be on powder-based Laser Metal Deposition (LMD-p).
The Department of Civil and Structural Engineering will create novel optimization tools that can be used to design large metal parts produced by additive manufacturing.
These include processes that can be easily merged with Direct Energy Deposition (DED) additive manufacturing.
Sheffield’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering will consider the materials requirements for AM processes, and how these can be incorporated into digital platforms.
INTEGRADDE is co-financed by the European Commission as part of the H2020 program.
The consortium is made up of 26 partners from 11 countries including Germany, France, Slovenia, Spain, Greece, Italy, United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland and Portugal.
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