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Large Additive Subtractive Integrated Modular Machine

Objective

The LASIMM project aim is to develop a large scale flexible hybrid additive/subtractive machine based on a modular architecture which is easily scalable. The machine will feature capabilities for additive manufacture, machining, cold-work, metrology and inspection that will provide the optimum solution for the hybrid manufacturing of large engineering parts of high integrity, with cost benefits of more than 50% compared to conventional machining processes.
For large scale engineering structures material needs to be deposited at a relatively high rate with exceptional properties and excellent integrity. To ensure this the machine is based on wire + arc additive manufacture for the additive process. A unique feature of the machine will be the capability for parallel manufacturing featuring either multiple deposition heads or concurrent addition and subtraction processes. To facilitate parallel manufacturing the machine architecture is based on robotics. To ensure that the surface finish and accuracy needed for engineering components is obtained for the subtractive step a parallel kinematic motion robot is employed. This robot is also used for application of cold work by rolling between passes. This ensures that material properties can be better than those of forged material.
A key part of this project is the development of ICT infrastructure and toolboxes needed to programme and run the machine. The implementation of parallel manufacturing is extremely challenging from a software perspective and this will be a major activity within the project.
To deliver this extremely demanding and ambitious project a well-balanced expert team has been brought together. There are ten partners comprising six companies, two Universities and two research institutes. Two of the companies are SMEs and there are three end users from the renewable energy, construction and aerospace sectors. The consortium also features the whole of the supply chain needed to produce such a machine.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/manufacturing engineering/subtractive manufacturing
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/manufacturing engineering
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics

Call for proposal

H2020-FOF-2016
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING
Address
Av Antoon Van Oss 1 4
1120 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 437 875

Participants (10)

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 312 472,15
Address
Warwick House Farnborough Aerospace Centre
GU14 6YU Farnborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FOSTER + PARTNERS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 447 875
Address
Riverside Three 22 Hester Road
SW11 4AN London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 410 175,20
Address
Hedeager 42
8200 Aarhus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 617 216,40
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GLOBAL ROBOTS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 563 125
Address
Beancroft Road
MK43 0QF Marston Moretaine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LOXIN 2002 SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 665 523,75
Address
Poligono Industrial Comarca 2, Calle A, 37
31191 Esquiroz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 372 925
Address
Max Planck Strasse 1
21502 Geesthacht
Activity type
Research Organisations
DELCAM LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Talbot Way, Small Heath Business Park
B10 OHJ Birmingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 270 330
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AUTODESK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 770 745
Address
One Discovery Place, Columbus Drive
GU14 0NZ Farnborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)