The project comprises 20 partners across Europe with the aim to realize a pan-European pilot line for metal additive manufacturing. The scope includes a digital dashboard for the full manufacturing chain as well as the development of processing and application of hardware demonstrated for a number of use cases from different sectors.
"The review meeting
demonstrated the commitment from the whole consortium with evidence of achievements with respect to new digital solutions, new materials, optimized processing, concepts for automation as well as development of use case design for advanced applications. As co-ordinator I am really impressed by the achievements and I look forward with confidence for the coming work towards the final goal of one-stop facility for metal additive manufacturing across Europe", says project coordinator Lars Nyborg.
Manuela (Additive Manufacturing using Metal Pilot Line) is one of the biggest projects in additive manufacturing in Europe, with a budget of 175 MSEK. It started in 2018 and Chalmers was entrusted to manage the project.
One of the project’s main deliverables is a project handbook and will be the key material for liaison with future customers. The first version is available to download and will be updated regularly to reflect the developments within the project.
The handbook gives crucial information about the service offering of the pilot line, and what it is, Unique Selling Points and what benefits it brings to its customers.
FACTS ABOUT MANUELA
The project aims to provide the European industry with world class, reliable pilot line manufacturing service leveraging metal Additive Manufacturing products.
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.
4 years (Oct 2018-Sep 2022)