Combining additive manufacturing or 3D printing with new sustainable materials allows for more flexible and resource-efficient production. But for companies to fully utilize the strength of the technology, support is needed in every step along the supply chain ranging from the development of new business models to product design and testing in a real production environment. Therefore, Rise is opening up the Application Center for Additive Manufacturing together with industrial and academic partners.
Additive manufacturing enables a paradigm shift for the industry and is relevant for many sectors such as aerospace, space, automotive, telecom, maritime, and consumer goods, to name a few. Some advantages are the mass customization enabling unique tailor-made components produced with minimal material waste and optimized for their weight. As a result, the global market for additive manufacturing is expected to continue to grow, and for metallic materials, the market will probably increase by a factor of two by 2025. Therefore, Sweden must continue to invest in additive manufacturing to strengthen its position in this rapidly growing market.
"By gathering end users, suppliers of services, technology, and materials with our researchers and experts at Rise, we enable for us to form a robust national ecosystem for additive manufacturing in Sweden," says Seyed Hosseini, Director of Application Center for Additive Manufacturing.
Strengthened and improved infrastructure
Via Production Area of Advance, Chalmers hosts the Competence Centre for Additive Manufacture – Metal (CAM2), focusing on powder, materials, and process development in metal additive manufacturing (AM). In addition, Chalmers co-operates closely with Rise in several projects in the area of AM."The start of this new application center means that we will further enhance the ecosystem in additive manufacturing," says Lars Nyborg, Director for the Chalmers Production Area of Advance, and continues:"The cooperation will bring solutions along the whole technology readiness scale – from research and innovation to implementation and demonstration of solutions – as both centers work with several core industrial partners in the area of AM."Lars Nyborg points out that the new center will also mean a s
trengthened and improved infrastructure in AM, concerning metals and polymers and new technologies with shared capabilities for researchers at Chalmers.
Cooperation – a key to success
In the center, the industrial partners will have access to the latest research carried out by the research partners, test and demonstrate different additive manufacturing technologies including their pre-, and post-operations, as well as access expertise and competence along the supply chain. To be successful in such an environment, collaboration, and cooperation between all partners in the Center is vital as each partner has unique competence and experience. The center creates an independent and open environment for such collaboration to take place in Sweden.
"The center is a good example of how we gather expertise along the entire value chain and create a way to accelerate digital development in the Swedish industry. Additive manufacturing has great potential and now RISE can boost this transformation in taking important steps forward," says Pia Sandvik, CEO at Rise.
Strong support from industrial partners
15 partners are onboard from the start. The target group for the center is manufacturing companies, both large and small and medium-sized, but also suppliers of materials, software, and equipment for additive manufacturing. The partnership provides the opportunity to take full advantage of the skills and infrastructure that exist and as a partner, you also contribute to the center. With the help of the center, the threshold to test and evaluate the technology can be reduced.
"To be successful in additive manufacturing, you have to take care of the entire process, from equipment, printing process, finishing processes to quality assurance of the components. These are issues that need to be addressed, and we cannot do it ourselves. Still, cooperation between several parties is required," says Vladimir Navrotsky, Vice President Technology and Innovation, Siemens Energy.
"I hope that the results of the evaluations we do within the center will lead us to be mature in making our own decisions about which processes we will roll out in different operations and that we get a good decision basis for our strategy going forward," says Johan Svenningstorp, Director Research and Technology Development Truck Operations, Volvo Group.
The Application center for additive manufacturing is run by Rise together with the centre's 15 partners: AddUp, Alfa Laval, Chalmers, Digital Metal, DNA.am, Ericsson, Höganäs, Materialise, Modul-System HH, Nikon Metrology Europe, RENA Technologies Austria, Ringhals (Vattenfall), Siemens Energy, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group and through support from the Västra Götaland region, Vinnova and European Regional Development Fond. It is physically located at Rise in Mölndal but uses the entire research institute's expertise and knowledge.
More about the center and contact: ri.se/am-center.
, Director, Chalmers Production Area of Advance, +46 31 772 12 57
, Director, Competence Centre for Additive Manufacture – Metal (CAM2)
, Director of Application Center for Additive Manufacturing, Rise, +46 70 780 61 69