NEWS

2018-10-30

EWF is involved in activities that supporting the uptake of AM in companies

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Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been a hot topic in European manufacturing for many years. As an increasing amount of production moves to AM, it now looks as a way of upgrading Europe’s industrial base.

Research and Manufacturing Industry actors have joined forces to address AM challenges at European level, by developing solutions to support the companies for their individual uptake of additive manufacturing. To showcase these solutions, a workshop will be organised during the FORMNEXT fair, on 15 November 2018
The workshop focuses on Supporting the uptake of AM in companies, and it is designed to provide know-how that facilitates the use and the implementation of the AM, through the developments of the AMable and ENCOMPASS EU-funded projects, in which EWF is involved.

The AMable project develops a services arena to support SMEs in getting their ideas alive. It is supported by a digital framework that provides impartial access and secures data exchange to support this adoption with the best European AM knowledge. This adoption will be facilitated through technological, business and training offerings.
During the next three years, AMable will provide support to SMEs with additive ideas through support to third parties worth more than 5 Million Euros. The European Commission supports this effort under the umbrella of the I4MS Initiative with a strong commitment to SME support and digitization.

When it comes to optimising the AM production chain, the ENCOMPASS IDDS (Integrated Design Decision Support) solution can reduce the time from ‘design to piece’ through systematic expert advice about downstream implications at design time. 
The ENCOMPASS project has created a unique approach under the name Integrated Design Decision Support System (IDDS System), which supports design decision making in the early stages of development, but which takes into account the whole manufacturing chain. During manufacture of a part, the IDDS system will be capable to monitor and update automatically all production-relevant information and downstream activities so that operators can rely on actual data at all times. In the first instance, the software tool is aimed at the laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) process but if successful the techniques will be further developed to cover other processes.

Join us at formnext, in Appropos room – Hall 3.C West, on 15 November 2018, 16h00-18h00!

Register here!