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Analysis, Design, And Manufacturing using Microstructures

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Microstructures for qualitative process

Computer-aided design (CAD) software has played a central role in creating precision drawings over the past decades. The development of advanced technologies such as multi-material 3D printers could revolutionise the traditional models in CAD. This was made possible after microstructure was introduced into the design-analysis-manufacturing process, providing qualitative progress in manufacturing. The EU-funded ADAM^2 project proposes a unified manufacturing line that will focus on all phases containing analysis, design and manufacturing using microstructures. The project proposes high-risk interdisciplinary research that will match shape modelling using microstructures, physical process simulation and physical realisations via linear and hybrid manufacturing. It envisages scientific and technological achievements that will reduce the use of heavy materials by half.


ADAM^2 aims at questioning five decades of traditional paradigms in computer aided design CAD. While the field of CAD has been very successful in the last half a century using boundary representations, the introduction of microstructure into the design-analysis-manufacturing cycle is going to completely revolutionize geometric CAD from the ground up and into the essential volumetric representations, making an unprecedented leap in the quality of manufactured artefact. The evolution of new manufacturing technologies such as multi-material 3D printers gives rise to new type of objects that may consist of considerably less, yet heterogeneous, material, consequently being porous, lighter and cheaper, while having the very same functionality (e.g. stiffness) as the original object when manufactured from one single solid material. We propose a unified manufacturing pipeline that will focus on all stages involving Analysis, Design, And Manufacturing using Microstructures (ADAM^2). ADAM^2 proposes high-risky interdisciplinary research that will combine user-guided shape modelling using microstructures, followed by validation and structural optimization using physical process simulation, and finalized by physical realizations via additive and hybrid manufacturing and its subsequent validation. The results of this project will lead to scientific-technological development that impacts €2B/year CAD and €24B/year tool manufacturing European markets, and are expected to reduce the exploitation of heavy materials between an order of magnitude to two orders, in volume.

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Net EU contribution
€ 356 740,00
48009 Bilbao

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Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 356 740,00

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