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High Productivity Electron Beam Melting Additive Manufacturing Development for the Part Production Systems Market

Objective

Electron beam melting additive manufacture is used to produce successive layers of a part in a powder bed and offers the ability to produce components closest to their final dimensions, with good surface finish. At this time the process is faster than any other technique of comparable quality, however the parts are not produced at sufficient rate to make them economically viable for any but very high value specific applications. It has been identified that airframe production requires a large number of brackets of many different designs (>1200 in an Airbus A380). These are currently machined from aluminium and titanium billet, plate or forgings with extremely high wastage of material, which in the case of titanium alloys is expensive and contains scarce elements such as vanadium.

The development and knowledge created and protected in this project will allow the SME collaborators to exploit the advantage gained through the development of vastly superior additive manufacturing (AM) production systems.

The key outputs to the project will be:

1. An innovative new high power electron beam gun that has been designed for the EBM process and that enables high productivity processing.
2. Knowledge surrounding the use of the high power electron beam gun, including the process control, and modelled and validated understanding of beam-powder bed interaction.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

ARCAM AB
Address
Krokslatts Fabriker 27A
431 37 Molndal
Sweden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 452 729,05
Administrative Contact
Ulric Ljungblad (Dr.)

Participants (7)

TLS TECHNIK GMBH & CO. SPEZIALPULVER KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 379,25
Address
Pc Strasse Gebaude 1 23
06749 Bitterfeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Norbert Ludwig (Mr.)
5AXPERFORMANCE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 133 838,25
Address
Ammerthalstrasse 19
85551 Kirchheim Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tanja Tschauth (Ms.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 37 599,70
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Craig Coghill (Mr.)
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 24 468
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Herrmann (Ms.)
MECACHROME FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 30 408
Address
Rue De Saint Regle Zi De La Boitardiere
37403 Amboise
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Rochereau (Mr.)
MATERIALS SOLUTIONS LBG

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Western Road 26
NP7 7AD Abergavenny
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carl Brancher (Mr.)
H K RAPID PROTOTYPING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 236 177,75
Address
Hadrians Way Unit 7 Glebe Farm Industrial Estate
CV21 1ST Rugby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nigel Bunt (Mr.)