Metal 3D printing technology has the potential to revolutionize design, production and supply of parts in aerospace, automotive, shipping, smart things, etc., once viable solutions are developed to integrate it with traditional technologies for post processing. So far, exploitation has been limited, because the post processing of AM (Additive Manufacturing) manufactured parts is still too costly in terms of time and energy. Awareness in industry is lacking, hindering the widespread adoption of AM as a tool for developing innovative products and processes.

Interreg 2 Seas project 3D&FPP aims to integrate metal 3D printing with flexible post processing. The project’s objective is to design, develop and implement one efficient, fast and affordable post processing solution based on existing technology that can be part of an integrated system for post processing AM parts. This will help to significantly increase the possibilities for 3D metal printing in industries that need high precision manufactured metal parts, e.g. medical industry, semiconductor industry, maritime industry, aviation, and new emergent clean tech industries.

3D&FPP aims to result in a reduction of production time of 50% and a reduction of production cost of 30% of post processing by developing new applications for its integration into a 3D production chain – like integration of CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing), the mapping of printed parts, a solution for flexible clamping and a solution to integrate the surface polishing step in the 3D printing process.

3D&FPP project partners are Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (lead partner, in the form of RDM Centre of Expertise, NL), RDM Makerspace (NL), TNO (NL), Hittech Multin (NL), 3T RPD (UK), University of Exeter (UK), and ARGON (BE). A further 24 observer partner organizations from (mainly) the Interreg 2 Seas regions are also involved.

This project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under subsidy contract No 2S01-097_3D&FPP.

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