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Rapid Manufactuting of Products by Improved 3D Printing

Objective

The development of new products is an iterative process involving design and visualisation, building prototypes, testing and evaluation. This is usually quite expensive and time consuming, especially if. unconventional or complex geometries are required. Worldwide there is a strong need for a Rapid Prototyping (RP) technique, which is able to produce prototypes, which have the technical specifications (integrity, accuracy and shape), appearance (colour, texture) and feel of the desired product. In addition, there is a strong need for Rapid Manufacturing (RM), of (complex) one-offs, e.g. teeth, and implants and small series, e.g. mock-ups for surgical practising, high-end tooling and technical parts.
The RAMA3DP consortium aims to develop a Three Dimensional Printing (3DP) technique for making very precise engineering parts. Current rapid prototyping machines produce models of which the varying dimensions, warpage and ovality are unacceptably bad: only 4 out of 20 parts are assessed to have identical quality. As compared to other RP techniques, 3DP is clearly the only RP technique with the potential to evolve into a wide-applicable rapid manufacturing technique.
The overall objective of the project is to develop a3DP technique via new mechanical, material and software methods in order to resolve the mechanical strength, reproducibility, accuracy and colour drawbacks of current RP methods, resulting in acceptable functional end parts and to 'prove' the applicability of the developed 3 DP prototyping/manufacturing technique by developing specific product applications/demonstrators. The consortium aims to introduce the to-be-developed 3DP prototyping/manufacturing technique in the medical modelling and industrial design industry, to increase the productivity compared to present state-of-the-art RP/RM technique by at least 50% and to decrease the rapid prototyping/manufacturing costs by at least 50 %.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SME-1
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Funding Scheme

COOPERATIVE

Coordinator

PTS SOFTWARE BV
Address
Meerweg 7
Bussum
Netherlands

Participants (9)

CP - CENTRUM FUR PROTOTYPENBAU GMBH
Germany
Address
Strassburg Allee 15
Erkelenz
INTELLIGENT LASER APPLICATIONS GMBH
Germany
Address
Karl-heinz-beckurts Strasse 13
Julich
INTELLIGENT LASER APPLICATIONS GMBH
Germany
HUNTSMAN ADVANCED MATERIALS (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Ickleton Road, Duxford
Cambridge
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
United Kingdom
Address
Sackville Street
P.O. Box 88 Manchester
ARDEJE SARL
France
Address
Rue Georges Auric N°4 Lotissement Mozart 2
Valence
NEBATO MODULE & APPARATENBOUW B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Dillenburgstraat 9
7093 Eindhoven
NTS MECHATRONICS.V.
Netherlands
Address
Dillenburgstraat 9
7093 Eindhoven