Additive manufacturing is a concept that covers many technologies, based on the simple idea of converting a digital model into a solid three-dimensional object. Additive manufacturing encompasses a series of technologies that construct 3D objects by adding layer upon layer of material, either plastic or metal. Compared with traditional manufacturing techniques, more complex and customized geometric shapes can be produced, in agreement with each application’s needs.
File number: CER-20191005
Call: Acreditación y concesión de ayudas destinadas a Centros Tecnológicos de Excelencia “Cervera”
The general objective of the project is the creation of a network of excellence in Additive Manufacturing supported by two complementary pillars: internationally recognized know-how and a market orientation that allows it to act as a driving force of the Spanish industrial framework.
The complementary capacities of the four members of the consortium make it possible to cover the entire value chain of the additive manufacturing of metallic materials: from the design of new materials and their production as a powder or thread, the additive manufacturing process itself or the post-processing stages, to testing advanced technologies that verify on demonstrators in relevant environments that the developments obtained meet the necessary requirements for their implementation on an industrial scale.
During the 3-year project lifetime, the consortium will address the additive manufacturing of a wide catalogue of metals: high-strength aluminium alloys, pure copper, precipitation-hardened copper alloys, hard and soft magnetic materials, INVAR, Ni-base alloys. (such as INCONEL 718, INCONEL 738 and CM 247 LC), Ti alloys, high value stainless steels, tool steels and Fe-based amorphous alloys for wear and corrosion resistant coatings. The materials developed will be processed using SLM (Selective Laser Melting), LMD (Laser Metal Deposition), EBM (Electron Beam Melting) and WAAM (Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing), and the integration of Femtosecond lasers in additive manufacturing equipment will be studied. .
The project also affects other key aspects to achieve excellence such as training and attracting talent
Through the achievement of this project, the technology centres AIDIMME, CEIT, FADA-CATEC and LORTEK have been distinguished as "Cervera Centre of Excellence" in relation to Additive Manufacturing and received a grant for the STRATEGIC PROGRAM FOR THE TRAINING OF EXCELLENCE IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF METALLIC MATERIALS (CEFAM) ”(File: CER-20191005) through the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) under the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Lortek role in the project:
The scientific-technological objectives raised by LORTEK in this program are listed below: