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The development of a new Flexible Manufacturing technique for Highly Detailed, Custom Made Metallic Products by Metal Inkjet Printing

Objective

To increase competitiveness and internationalization of SMEs in jewellery and electronics manufacturing industry, a new Flexible Manufacturing (FM) technique for Highly Detailed, Custom Made Metallic Products by Metal Inkjet Printing is developed. Metal-print will contribute to effective improvement of the development of new products. New FM techniques are indispensable when the need for more complexity in one product at lower cost, increased functions and manufacturing flexibility pushes the requirements far beyond the capability of traditional manufacturing methods. There is a strong need for a FM technique for high end metallic products, which have the technical specifications, appearance and feel of the desired product. There is a strong need for manufacturing of complex one-offs (in jewellery and small series technical parts (e.g. electronic PCBs). FM by Metal-print is a (digital) additive freeform direct fabrication technology for the automated production of complex end products. Technical specifications set by the SMEs are met by the Metal-printing technology, enabling an economically viable, highly automated metal part production process for very small dimensions and short run lengths with reduced impact on the environment. Metal Inkjet Printing meets all requirements for non contact, flexible, digital data driven and low cost by appropriate design of product. The industrial development of Metal-print will be demonstrated by case studies from the jewellery and electronics industry, showing a productivity increase by at least 50%, at 50% costs reduction. RD results from RTDs in the metal printing area is used. Only 3D metal-jetting can evolve into a wide-applicable flexible manufacturing technique for many sectors within a short time. Objective is to development and implement the metal printing technique into the flexible manufacturing technique for fine, functional metal end products of the future (resolving drawbacks of current manufacturing methods).

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-1
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Coordinator

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO
Address
Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft
Netherlands

Participants (8)

ARDEJE SARL
France
Address
4, Rue Georges Auric
Valence
ATELIER LE MARQUIS V.O.F.
Netherlands
Address
Antwerpsestraat 468
Bergen Op Zoom
FORSCHUNGINSTITUT FUER EDELMETALLE UND METALLCHIMIE
Germany
Address
Katharinenstr. 17
Schwaebisch Gmuend
INDUTHERM ERWAERMUNGSANLAGEN GMBH
Germany
Address
Brettenerstrasse 32
Walzbachtal - Woessingen
MORENO / ATELIER DE BRUIJN
Netherlands
Address
Lange Nieuwstraat 30
Hulst
PERA INNOVATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Pera Innovation Park, Nottingham Road
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
REISCHAUER GMBH
Germany
Address
Wilhelmstrasse 24 -32
Idar-oberstein
VELLEMAN SWITCH
Belgium
Address
Legen Heirweg 37
Gavere