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Intelligent Manufacture from Powder by Advanced Laser Assimilation

Objective

IMPALA will develop flexible and efficient Rapid Manufacturing processes of custom parts or small batches. SME end users will be at the forefront of this project, helping them increase their annual turnover by 20-50%, by producing a diversified range of high value components. Currently, manufacturing custom products such as artificial teeth can take several days or weeks and is very expensive. This project will reduce the time between conception and product delivery as well as reduce manufacturing costs. It will transform part of the resource intensive European Industry to that of knowledge intensive and will be a key enabling tool for European Innovation, vital for maintaining the EU as a world leader in Rapid Manufacturing. The consortium is composed of companies and research institutions with expertise in different domains such as automation, laser processes, materials, modelling and will seek to develop the following: • an automation system which will shorten the process time by implementing an Imaging system, a CAD/CAM system and a CNC system • laser sintering and direct metal deposition processes for rapid manufacturing of producing 3D complex structures with enhanced properties, graded structures or composite structures from very small to large scale • a control process system to ensure good product quality and good reproducibility • a simulation tool based on modelling and experiments, to allow predetermining parameters for the production of high quality parts, right from the first time. It is environmentally friendly as there is no waste material and no need for solvent. It will also be used for repairing expensive parts, also reducing waste. Society will directly benefit from this process as it will support the generation of high value knowledge based jobs and will have the ability to produce health care benefits, from custom orthopaedic implants to components for improved drug delivery systems.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems

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

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 038 803,10
Administrative Contact
David Hamper (Mr.)

Participants (15)

BCT STEUERUNGS UND DV-SYSTEME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 398 100
Address
Carlo-schmid-allee 3
44263 Dortmund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claus Bremer (Mr.)
GOM UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 55 478,25
Address
Business Innovation Centre - Harry Weston Road Units 4-6
CV3 2TX Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kevin Hawley (Mr.)
NEDCLAD TECHNOLOGY BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 28 729,50
Address
Smaragdstraat 17
7554TD Hengelo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Willem Husslage (Mr.)
TLS TECHNIK GMBH & CO. SPEZIALPULVER KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 161 450
Address
Pc Strasse Gebaude 1 23
06749 Bitterfeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Norbert Ludwig (Mr.)
NORCAM-ENGENHARIA E DESIGN INDUSTRIAL LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 162 163,20
Address
Rua De Salazares 842
4149 002 Porto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vitor Martins-Augusto (Mr.)
MICRONORMA-COMERCIO E INDUSTRIA DE FERRAMENTAS SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 243 889,20
Address
Estrada De Albarraque Centro Empre
2710 297 Sintra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Faria (Mr.)
WISILDENT SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 193 120
Address
Strada Lanzo 227
10156 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enzo Trapani (Mr.)
OSVAT OFFICINA SPECIALIZZATA VALVOLE AUTO TORINO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 188 928,80
Address
Via Della Masolina 22
10040 Piobesi Torinese
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Riccardo Bastoni (Dr.)
WOLFRAM CARB SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 215 995,60
Address
Via Brezzi 26
10081 Castellamonte
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Mattioda (Mr.)
POLY-SHAPE
France
EU contribution
€ 172 340
Address
Route De Villepe Espace Green Parc
91280 Saint-pierre-du-perray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephane Abed (Mr.)
COCHLEAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 163 250
Address
Dashwood Lang 6
KT15 2HJ Addlestone Surrey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carl Van Himbeeck (Mr.)
GE MARMARA TECHNOLOGY CENTER MUHENDISLIK HIZMETLERI LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 105 247,80
Address
Istanbul Sariyer Maslak Mah. E. Buyukdere Cad. Orj Ism. No. 27 K. 6-7
34485 Maslak
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Huseyin Gokcan (Dr.)
LUCIDEON LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 259 227,25
Address
Queens Road Penkhull
ST4 7LQ Stoke On Trent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tracey Daley (Ms.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 331 886
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Malhoa (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 888 881,30
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)