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Reduction of Cycle and Cost

Reduction of Cycle and Cost

Objective

RC2 (Reduction of Cycle and Costs) project goal is the reduction of manufacturing cost and production lead-time. RC2 will deliver not only an innovative manufacturing process based on the combination of rapid prototyping with the most suitable finishing technique but also a methodology to be applied for any kind of complex-shaped mechanic part, and through a proven manufacturing reference. RC2 results will permit a reduction of both cost and lead-time of functional prototypes by 50%.

This project will last 3 years. After some years, the state of the art in rapid prototyping by melting or sintering of metallic powders allows the production of geometrical prototypes thanks to different commercial procedures. Nevertheless no current rapid prototyping method ca n be considered as a true manufacturing process as there are many problems with surface state, resolution, material quality, accuracy and repeatability that need to be overcome. In the best case, only TURBOMECA together with PEP have managed to produce a full complex functional prototype but requiring finishing techniques. From both an economical and technical point of view, finishing processes will have to be developed due to the differences in surface condition and in porosity of the rough parts obtained either by rapid prototyping or by conventional machining.

The main research strategy of RC2 project is to focus on developing the finishing techniques applicable to parts manufactured by rapid prototyping. Contrary to many other projects RC2 will not focus on developing laser sintering and melting technologies but on implementing them as soon as they become fully operational. These works will be completed by utmost researches on the correlation between matter phase and surface quality. RC2 process will lead to a reduction of time to design and to fabricate a functional prototype by 50% involving a reduction of time to market by 10%.

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Coordinator

TURBOMECA SA

Address

France

Administrative Contact

Jean-Luc FILIOL (Mr)

Participants (6)

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BESTINCLASS FRANCE

France

BESTINCLASS SWITZERLAND

Switzerland

ECOLE D'INGENIEURS DE GENEVE'

Switzerland

FUNDACION TEKNIKER

Spain

SPASA

Spain

PÔLE EUROPÉEN DE PLASTURGIE

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 31236

  • Start date

    1 November 2006

  • End date

    30 April 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 223 802

  • EU contribution

    € 2 000 000

Coordinated by:

TURBOMECA SA

France