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Scientific objectives

DOC 3D Printing will cover the whole value chain of ceramics 3D printing, from laboratory research to product development.
Accordingly, the research objectives are:

  • to develop feedstock customised for 3D-printing (AM) at reduced cost
  • to design and build next generation of 3D printers and strategies specifically dedicated to ceramics production (net-shape ceramics faster with desired properties & design at reduced cost)
  • to correlate input to output produced ceramics and demonstrate it for applications
  • to define and establish standardisation, regulatory issues, qualifications and risks analysis
  • to increase knowledge on modelling & characterizations and develop specific tools for that

The close interactions between academic and non-academic sectors within research activities is a key aspect of the project in order to transfer scientific knowledge to the market and close the gap of the death valley, and to strengthen the education of PhD fellows through the relevant skills and an enhanced competitiveness. The Development of Ceramic 3D printing & Additive manufacturing network has been built to reach these objectives through following resources:

 

Objectives

Main contributors’ profile

Material Feedstock

CRIBC and UVHC are two main EU industrial research centre from feedstock to ceramics. Marion Technologies S.A. activities are focused on scale-up and production of ceramic powders with tailored morphology.

Processes Equipment

GU develops new 3D-Printers and is the coordinator of future national Turkish Additive manufacturing / 3D-Printing centre. Lithoz Gmbh and Ermaksan design and produce respectively SLA and SLS/M printers.

Design Products

UoB has a huge experience in additive manufacturing. CerHum and Opt’ALM (LMD equipment) are contract manufacturing organisation focusing on 3D-printing technologies.  Eurocoating is main actor in orthopaedic prosthesis produced by AM and bone substitutes. Mersen Boostec activities are focused on SiC products for instrumentation and industrial equipment including aerospace applications. 

Testing Standards

Mersen Boostec, and Eurocoating are currently confronted to standardisation and regulations on high criticality produced objects. INPT is strongly involved in standardisation comities (AFNOR, ISO) 

Modelling and characterisations

INFLPR is well known institute for their works on Laser interaction. The company Opt’ALM produces patented 3D-object designs using thermal and mechanical modelling.