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Quick process and tool design for advanced multi-axis milling of hard-to-machine materials

Objective

European SMEs from the manufacturing sector are facing increasing competition, since manufacturing is migrating to low-cost countries even for manufacturing of high value parts in aeronautical or the mold making industry. To remain competitive SMEs must conceive radical new production solutions. Mostly new innovative products come along with the introduction of advanced materials like super alloys or super hard steels, which are extremely hard to machine. However, successful introduction in innovative products requires economic manufacturing processes in a short period of time. In this challenging field most SMEs apply high-performance multi-axis milling. This technology offers maximum flexibility in terms of part geometry and material, but it also requires comprehensive process knowledge.

Thus, the main objective of this proposal is to create a novel and holistic, knowledge-based development platform that rapidly provides optimum process design for advanced milling tasks covering tailored coated milling tools including adapted parameter sets and strategies. Process layout must ensure maximum tool life by minimum use of lubricant. The platform will enable the SMEs to achieve a delivery time reduction of highly efficient manufactured components by at least 25% and will consequently enable potential customers to reduce time-to-market and costs for their high quality products made of hard-to-machine materials. This will finally and sustainable strengthen the position and competitiveness of European SMEs in growing markets.

Participating SMEs will also contribute to reduce energy consumption by the efficient use of material resources in manufacturing. In addition they will directly contribute to increase energy efficiency at the OEMs mass production (innovative dies and molds) as well as at the OEMs products (lighter jet engines with lower CO2 emission). Both are examples which lead to a significant improvement of environmental and health conditions in Europe.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)

Participants (8)

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Petridou (Ms.)
VOESTALPINE BOHLER EDELSTAHL GMBH &CO KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 23 999,60
Address
Mariazeller Strasse 25
8605 Kapfenberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Jesner (Dr.)
SECO TOOLS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 28 999,80
Address
Bjornbacksvagen 2
73782 Fagersta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rachid Msaoubi (Dr.)
KLENK GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 145 000
Address
Muehlstrasse 17
88481 Balzheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Horn (Mr.)
GLOBEVNIK, REZILNO ORODJE DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 188 750
Address
Trojarjeva Ulica 30
4000 Kranj
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Iztok Globevnik (Mr.)
APR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 178 375
Address
Via R. Incerti
10064 Pinerolo (Torino)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Romiti (Mr.)
FASSNACHT WOLFGANG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 145 000
Address
Boschstrasse 12
86399 Bobingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Fassnacht (Dr.)
HEGGEMANN AUTOSPORT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 207 500
Address
Zeppelinring 1-6
33142 Buren
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matthias Popp (Mr.)