Lars Nyborg with a 3d printed detail
​Professor Lars Nyborg, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, is coordinating Manuela (additive manufacturing using metal pilot line) the largest project in additive manufacturing in EU. Photo: Carina Schultz ​​

Start for large European test bed project in additive manufacturing

​Chalmers University of Technology has been entrusted with the project management of the largest EU investment so far in additive manufacturing. The 155 MSEK project is called Manuela (Additive Manufacturing Using Metal Pilot Line) and will lead to a new European test bed for researchers and companies to test product value chain in additive manufacturing, from start to end.

In October last year Lars Nyborg, coordinator, officially kicked-off the new project Manuela in Brussels. It is one of the biggest projects in additive manufacturing in Europe with a budget of € 15.5 million of which a large part of the funding ends up in Gothenburg.
“To be selected to coordinate a project of this size, it’s a real success,” says Lars Nyborg. “Thanks to our joined forces in the consortium, strong and competent organization at Chalmers, e.g. the Grants Office and CIT, and state-of the art research such as the Area of Advance Production and the Vinnova competence Centre for Additive Manufacturing – Metal, CAM2, we got this opportunity,” he concludes.

The ambition is to provide European industry with world class, reliable pilot line manufacturing service leveraging metal additive manufacturing products. 
This will be achieved by having the hardware solutions cost efficiently connected to the best possible competences and capacities across Europe to cover the full range of powder bed fusion technologies from medium to large scale laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) as well as electron-beam melting (EBM). Since, no single machine solutions can fit all necessary end user demands, this concept is expected to best possible solution from cost and agility point of view. 

There are a lot of advantages of metal additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. It enables fabrication of advanced prototypes and functional components with increased design flexibility and reduced lead times. Some of the expected impact are:
  • Production time saving up to 60% over the full production chain
  • Production speed will be increased by > 30%
  • Robustness of metal AM-based processes will be increased by more than 40%
  • Time to market will be reduced by at least 30%
“The strength of the Manuela pilot line lays in the cooperation between the RTD partners enabling industrial partners and end users to request most advanced demonstrators by selecting from the various manufacturing routes and functionalities provided. This ensures that the end-users can expect optimum output with respect to costs, reliability and performance,” says professor Lars Nyborg.

The Manuela project will be in focus at the upcoming fair Advanced Engineering 2019, 27-28 March, Åbymässan, Gothenburg where Lars Nyborg, Chalmers, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, and Karl Lundahl, project leader, Chalmers Industriteknik will talk about the project.

In the period of 4 years, MANUELA aims at deploying an open-access pilot line facility, covering the whole production sequence, to show full potential of metal AM for industrial AM production.
Manuela consists of a consortium of industrial end user’s, suppliers, (material/powder, AM hardware, quality monitoring system, software, automation and post-AM treatment) as well as top research institutes in powderbed metal-AM, covering full range of AM technology chain for pilot line deployment. 
The deployed pilot line will be validated with use cases, covering wide span of applications including automotive, aerospace, energy and medical.

Chalmers University of Technology
Lars Nyborg​, Professor in Surface Engineering, Director of Chalmers Production Area of Advance, Division of Materials and Manufacture, Department of Industrial and Materials Science         

Project time
4 years (Oct 2018-Sep 2022)

Chalmers University of Technology, CSEM, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, RISE IVF, Cardiff University, Politecnico di Torino, Höganäs AB, Electro Optical Systems Finland Oy, ABB AB, OSAI Automation Systems, METAS, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB, QIOPTIQ, O.E.B. SRL, RUAG Slip Rings SA, AMIRES SRO, Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik, ENEL PRODUZIONE SPA, BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING S.R.O


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