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A knowledge-based manufacturing system, established by integrating Rapid Manufacturing, IST and Material Science to improve the Quality of Life of European Citizens through Custom fit Products.

Objective

European manufacturing industries have to compete with Far East countries. In recent years, approx. 5% of the turnover from this sector has moved from the EU to the Far East, per annum. This EU sector realises a 1,200 billion Euro turnover with a workforce of 24 million people.

To fight competition effectively, the manufacturing sector of Europe has to transform by moving from:
- resource based driven manufacturing to knowledge based driven manufacturing (Lisbon)
- mass produced single use products to new concepts of higher added value, custom-made, eco-efficient and sustainable products, processes and services (Gothenburg).

Developing and integrating a completely new and breakthrough manufacturing process based on Rapid Manufacturing (RM) achieves this. The IP focuses on products that increase the quality of life of the (European) citizen. The emphasis is on medical and consumer products, customised to the shape of the human body.

CUSTOM-FIT contributes to the Joint IST-NMP Call 1:
- 3.4.3.1-3: This IP deals with one of the central tenets: Rapid Manufacturing
- 2.3.3.1: This IP aims at a more holistic approach to products and associated services creation based on IST. Besides enabling a vertical integration in the value chain and horizontal integration by t he ability to transfer the knowledge to other industrial sectors, this IP results in three main technical breakthroughs:
- Automated design system for knowledge based design of Custom-Fit products.
- Processing of graded structures of different material compositions.
- Rapid Manufacturing for Instant and On-Demand manufacturing of graded Custom-Fit products.

CUSTOM-FIT drastically changes how and where products are designed and made. It creates sustainable, knowledge-based employment, which plays a critical role in safeguarding Europe's manufacturing industry.

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DELCAM PLC

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ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LA INDUSTRIA DEL JUGUETE, CONEXA Y AFINES

Spain

ASOCIACIÓN INSTITUTO DE BIOMECÁNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

BARRABÉS INTERNET S.L.U.

Spain

BERENSCHOT GROEP BV

Netherlands

BERGHAUS LIMITED

United Kingdom

BPO NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

CASA ARTIACH S.A.

Spain

CLINICAL TRIAL CENTER MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

CTG-PRINTTEC GMBH

Germany

CZECH TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY IN PRAGUE

Czechia

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

DEMOCENTER-SIPE CENTRO SERVIZI PER L'INNOVAZIONE E IL TRASFERIMENTO TECNOLOGICO SCRL

Italy

DSM RESEARCH B.V.

Netherlands

DUCATI MOTOR HOLDING S.P.A.

Italy

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

FÁBRICAS AGRUPADA DE MUÑECAS DE ONIL S.A.

Spain

HUMAN SOLUTIONS GMBH

Germany

INAIL CENTRO PER LA SPERIMENTAZIONE ED APPLICAZIONE DI PROTESI E PRESIDI ORTOPEDICI PER GLI INFORTUNI SUL LAVORO

Italy

INTERSPORT ATHLETICS S.A.

Greece

JUGUETES FEBER INTERNATIONAL, S.A.

Spain

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

MARCAM ENGINEERING GMBH

Germany

MATERIALISE N.V.

Belgium

MAVET S.R.L.

Italy

MCP TOOLING TECHNOLOGIES LTD

United Kingdom

NAVA S.R.L.

Italy

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Netherlands

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

REGIONAL TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRE ZASAVJE (REGIONALNI TEHNOLOSKI CENTER ZASAVJE)

Slovenia

SINTEF - STIFTELSEN FOR INDUSTRIELL OG TEKNISK FORSKNING VED NORGES TEKNISKE HØGSKOLE

Norway

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS

Greece

VERKSTEDPARTNER AS

Norway

WROCLAW UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Poland

ZIMMER GMBH

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507437

  • Start date

    1 September 2004

  • End date

    28 February 2009

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 15 871 466

  • EU contribution

    € 9 250 068

Coordinated by:

DELCAM PLC

United Kingdom