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Programa tecnológico para fabricación aditiva (impresión 3D) de polímeros, metales y cerámicas


Oferta Tecnológica
Un instituto de investigación holandés ha fundado un centro de conocimiento que ofrece un programa tecnológico para la fabricación aditiva (FA, impresión 3D) de piezas técnicas de metal, polímeros y cerámicas. La tecnología permite predecir y conseguir una microestructura adecuada y propiedades homogéneas en el material final, trabajando directamente a partir de datos de diseño asistido por ordenador (CAD). El instituto busca socios industriales con el fin de establecer acuerdos comerciales con asistencia técnica.


Technology programme for additive manufacturing (3D printing) of polymers, metals and ceramics
A Dutch research institute has founded a knowledge centre that offers a technology programme for Additive Manufacturing (AM, 3D printing) of technical parts in metal, polymer and ceramics.

The technology is capable of predicting and achieving the right microstructure and homogeneous properties in the final material, and works directly from Computer Aided Design (CAD) data.

The institute is looking industry partners for commercial agreements with technical assistance.
This Dutch research institute has a long history in scientific and technological research and development in several fields of expertise. Now they have joined forces with one of the leading Dutch technnical universities, offering a program that builds on the existing expertise of the university and the institute in additive manufacturing.

3D printing is complex because the microstructure of the material needs to be well understood in order to guarantee the homogeneous mechanical properties and structure of parts. Certification of 3D printed parts is therefore an additional developing theme.

The offered technology program will develop new multi-material/multi-technology additive manufacturing concepts and the integration of these technologies in mass-customization manufacturing chains. It brings additive manufacturing from prototyping to industrialization, with emphasis on cost-effectiveness while maintaining flexibility, stability and reliability in the manufacturing system.
· high-speed / continuous AM technology (speed capabilities and single pass deposition)
· in-line metrology technologies

What partners gain by joining this technology program:
· an efficient method to determine optimum processing parameters;
· a database with design values;
· additive manufacturing design guide lines, methods and tools;
· a cost model for additive manufacturing products;
· knowledge of post-processing for (metal) additive manufacturing: powder removal, heat treatments, surface finishing;
· material qualification and process certification methodologies for additive manufacturing;
· optimized technology demonstrators;
· insight in opportunities, technical and economical;

Joining this program helps to:
· prevent fragmentation of research and achieve exchange of knowledge between industry, academic and applied knowledge organizations;
· prevent long and expensive learning curve and high scrap rate;
· make reproducible parts with reliable material properties;
· make use of well accepted certification methods.

It is anticipated that within four years, 25 PhD student research assistants will be undertaking research and that more than 50 full-time professionals will be involved in the centre. Soon 7 PhD student research assistants will begin work and at the institute around 30 people are already working in this field.

The centre aims to collaborate intensively in R-Y-D with industry, the goal being to have dozens of industrial partners participating in research programs in the coming years. The program targets industrial partners with high-tech, 3D printed electronics, food/pharma and medical-related markets with spin-off to other markets that require personalized, customized, on-demand manufacturing, for cooperation within the frame of commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Advantages and Innovations:
Compared to traditional manufacturing techniques, additive manufacturing:
- opens opportunities to create parts with complex structures, without additional or dedicated tooling directly from 3D CAD data.
- even shapes that cannot be created with traditional machining processes can be attained.
- high design freedom, desired to reduce assembly steps and to achieve lightweight constructions, is realisable.
- hollow parts that currently need to be machined from one piece for the mechanical properties, can be manufactured with less waste and - in the future- shorter time.
- prototyping and low-volume markets (e.g. medical and space related applications) can be servedm, because for these markets one-offs or low quantities are required.

Compared to other technology partners, this institute holds a specific technology position and also a special knowledge position. And it has an explicit objective to transfer this knowledge to SMEs, which makes them very accessible.

Stage of Development:
Available for demonstration
Secret Know-how

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
- Type of partner sought: industry
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Mechanical design of high tech systems and components based on technical metal in e.g. sectors like: · Medical and dental · Watch and jewellery · (Petro)chemical · Aeronautics · Automotive · Electronics
- Task to be performed: Implementation of the proposed technology in the frame of a commercial agreement with technical assistance


Type and Size of Client:
R&D Institution
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
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Technology Keywords:
02001001 Impresión 3D
02007003 Materiales y polvos cerámicos
02007010 Metals and Alloys
02007014 Plastics, Polymers
02007011 Tecnologías de elementos no-metálicos