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STEP UP IN POLYMER BASED RM PROCESSES

Objective

An innovative mechano-chemical approach (based on the high energy ball milling) will be used for the development of innovative nanopolymers to be used in Rapid Manufacturing (RM) based on Selective Laser Sintering (SLS),by: 1.Structural modification (up nanopolymers stage) using a currently widely used polymer like Polyammide PA (a “nanoPA” will be produced); 2.Alloying (at nanoscale) with different polymers to tune mechanical properties; 3.Nanocharging of polymers (development of nanocomposites). Moving from this background, the project will make a real, LARGE, step up in polymers and composites properties by including nano features into the base materials and the final products. The final products will benefit from radically extended performances (i.e. operating temperatures, increased strength). In this way it will be possible, using existing prototyping machines, to realize freeform manufacturing technologies for the direct automated and customised production of parts and products from small to medium size batches for a wide range of possible applications (from vehicle applications to biomedical devices). The following are the project S/T objectives of SLS materials and parts produced using the modified PA -New nanostructured materials based on Poliammides (PA) -Agglomerated (scale of 20-50 micron) nanophased (scale of 10-20 nm) particles suited for RM via SLS -Properties improvements in materials and RM/SLS parts properties (referred to conventional PA) of more than 200%. -Parts having improved properties and wider application window for automotive sector, consumer goods and medical instrumentation. For these reasons STEPUP responds quite well to the call topics by: introducing new concepts for the micro/nano fabrication (usage of nanoplymers); enabling transition of RM to customised solutions integrating materials design and simulations.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2007-SME-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

MBN NANOMATERIALIA SPA
Address
Via Bortolan 42
31030 Carbonera
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 742 378
Administrative Contact
Paolo Matteazzi (Prof.)

Participants (6)

MATRES SCRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 370 000
Address
Via Armando Diaz 21
31100 Treviso
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Roberto Rolli (Dr.)
INSPIRE AG FUR MECHATRONISCHE PRODUKTIONSSYSTEME UND FERTIGUNGSTECHNIK
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 697 540
Address
Technoparkstrasse 1
8005 Zurich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
N. Gideon Levy (Prof.)
BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 400
Address
Petuelring 130
80809 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Gmelch (Mr.)
ARTIDOKSAN HIZLI IMALAT TEKNOLOJILERI SANAYI VE TICARET AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Yeni Teknoloji Binalari A Blok L5
41470 Gebze Kocaeli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sadi Burak Pekcan (Mr.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 242 954
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dawn Edwards (Ms.)
GRANTA DESIGN LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 431 928
Address
Clifton Road Rustat House 62
CB1 7EG Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Felicity Rigling (Ms.)