Researchers at the University of Sheffield are part of a €17m European consortium, developing the next generation of 3D printing technology capabilities to advance the reliability, speed, and quality of Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, processes.
The ‘Intelligent data-driven pipeline for the manufacturing of certified metal parts through Direct Energy Deposition’ (INTEGRADDE) project is led by AIMEN Centro Tecnológico (Spain) and involves 26 partners from 11 countries. The project aims to deliver a key objective of the European Commission – to advance Industry 4.0 by deploying the technology of additive manufacturing in the European industrial environment under real manufacturing conditions.
The project will also look for solutions to optimize current industrial pilot lines and processes using data science and artificial intelligence.
The project team estimates that it will increase the reliability of AM processes by 40%, the production speed by 25% and provide a step-change in improving the quality of parts produced. INTEGRADDE will have a significant impact in the aeronautical, mechanical, automotive and civil construction sectors and will involve working closely with end-users such as GKN Aerospace, ArcelorMittal, MX3D, Loiretech, and CORDA.