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Additive Manufacturing Aiming Towards Zero Waste & Efficient Production of High-Tech Metal Products

Additive Manufacturing Aiming Towards Zero Waste & Efficient Production of High-Tech Metal Products

Objective

The overarching goal of AMAZE is to rapidly produce large defect-free additively-manufactured (AM) metallic components up to 2 metres in size, ideally with close to zero waste, for use in the following high-tech sectors namely: aeronautics, space, automotive, nuclear fusion and tooling.

Four pilot-scale industrial AM factories will be established and enhanced, thereby giving EU manufacturers and end-users a world-dominant position with respect to AM production of high-value metallic parts, by 2016. A further aim is to achieve 50% cost reduction for finished parts, compared to traditional processing.

The project will design, demonstrate and deliver a modular streamlined work-flow at factory level, offering maximum processing flexibility during AM, a major reduction in non-added-value delays, as well as a 50% reduction in shop-floor space compared with conventional factories.

AMAZE will dramatically increase the commercial use of adaptronics, in-situ sensing, process feedback, novel post-processing and clean-rooms in AM, so that (i) overall quality levels are improved, (ii) dimensional accuracy is increased by 25% (iii) build rates are increased by a factor of 10, and (iv) industrial scrap rates are slashed to <5%.

Scientifically, the critical links between alloy composition, powder/wire production, additive processing, microstructural evolution, defect formation and the final properties of metallic AM parts will be examined and understood. This knowledge will be used to validate multi-level process models that can predict AM processes, part quality and performance.

In order to turn additive manufacturing into a mainstream industrial process, a sharp focus will also be drawn on pre-normative work, standardisation and certification, in collaboration with ISO, ASTM and ECSS.

The team comprises 31 partners: 21 from industry, 8 from academia and 2 from intergovernmental agencies. This represent the largest and most ambitious team ever assembled on this topic.
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Coordinator

THE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE LIMITED

Address

Pilot Way, Ansty Business Park
Cv7 9ju Coventry

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 123 762

Administrative Contact

Leigh Carnes (Ms.)

Participants (28)

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AVIOPROP SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 197 110,70

NORSK TITANIUM AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 603 925

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

France

EU Contribution

€ 893 620

INDUST RECHERCH PROCEDES APPLICAT LASER ASSOCIATION IREPA LASER

France

EU Contribution

€ 683 619

CONCEPT - LASER GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 304 380

RENISHAW PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 374 000

TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

BCT STEUERUNGS UND DV-SYSTEME GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 489 417

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 374 000

ESI GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 313 109

GRANTA DESIGN LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 318 828

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 500 000

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 401 947

GE AVIO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 154 056,19

VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 149 625

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 216 950

SHORT BROTHERS PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 169 832

UNITED KINGDOM ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 411 625

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 370 833

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 525 327

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 275 585

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 345 102

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 368 800

Monash University

Australia

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 325 305

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

AVIO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 15 242,11

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 313781

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    30 June 2017

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 18 088 574,46

  • EU contribution

    € 10 156 000

Coordinated by:

THE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE LIMITED

United Kingdom

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