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MANufacturing decision and supply chain management SYStem for additive manufacturing

Objective

ManSYS aims to develop and demonstrate a set of e-supply chain tools; to enable the mass adoption of Additive Manufacturing (AM). This will allow businesses to identify and determine the suitability of AM for metal products, and subsequently manage the associated supply-chain issues and ‘facilitating’ open product evolution.

The proposed e-supply chain solution will combine all aspects of AM including; multiple build platforms (Laser and Electron-Beam technologies), modelling, post-processing (Machining, Finishing and Heat-Treatment) and 3D scanning techniques. This will give a ‘press-button’ solution to the production and challenges of new products. The integrated solution will offer a knowledge driven manufacturing process with significant production benefits; customisation, automation, self-management and reduced material usage and waste.

The integrated approach will be assessed using a range of demonstration ‘scenarios’ to assess and highlight:
• Cost-Savings: Assessment of parts (including design optimisation) against existing manufacturing methods – allowing businesses to decided if AM is an appropriate manufacturing approach.
• Re-action to Customer Need: Demonstrator parts from industry (initially aerospace, and medical) validated by ManSYS end-users, including the ability to allow rapid design variations.
• Robustness of Supply Network: Development of QA/QC procedures and protocols to allow operation at multiple-locations and across multiple-machines. Demonstrating the ability to handle supply-chain interruptions and improve robustness.
• Environmental Assessment: Measure the embedded CO2 of the parts made, including assessment of the ability of AM to optimise part design.

The ManSYS solution will be based on only commercial AM management software (‘Streamics’). We propose to develop the ManSYS concept over a period of 36 months with an overall budget of €4.5Million (€3Million EC contribution).
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TWI LIMITED

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Granta Park Great Abington
Cb21 6al Cambridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 602 301

Administrative Contact

Alicia Gomez Sanchez (Ms.)

Participants (12)

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ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LAS INDUSTRIAS METALMECANICAS, AFINES Y CONEXAS

Spain

MATERIALISE NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 533 387

LPW Technology Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 204 919

BCT STEUERUNGS UND DV-SYSTEME GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 280 320

POLY-SHAPE

France

EU Contribution

€ 93 678

BERENSCHOT GROEP BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 466 364

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 230 306

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO METALMECANICO, MUEBLE, MADERA, EMBALAJE Y AFINES-AIDIMME

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 177 717

SMITH & NEPHEW UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 120 558

WISILDENT SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 90 579

GE MARMARA TECHNOLOGY CENTER MUHENDISLIK HIZMETLERI LIMITED SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 94 678,20

TWOCARE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 30 192,80

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 609172

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2013

  • End date

    30 June 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 405 531,92

  • EU contribution

    € 2 925 000

Coordinated by:

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom