An additively manufactured product runs through many stages before it becomes alive. Once the product's design and construction is finished, logistics comes into play. At first, material for printing has to be supplied and brought into the machine. Then, the print file and print parameters need to be loaded into the machine to start the printing process. Once this has finished, the part needs to be taken from the machine and transferred to the next process step. This can be a heat treatment, grinding, milling or polishing, all with quality assurance steps in between.
Now, this is easy to read and to follow. However, challenges arise in flexible handling of parts as they all differ from each other. The provision of data for the next process step needs to be aware of the technical system that is next. So, each process chain is individual for its product. But it always contains rules, boundary conditions, digital data, machines or instruments and the physical part.
This call addresses the link between additive manufacturing and logistics. It aims to demonstrate how complex additive manufacturing production chains can be realised. On physical logistics, it encourages the use of inter-factory automatically guided vehicles (AGV) in combination with robots. On digital logistics, it enforces fully transparent digital data transfer parallel to the physical part.
If you have a proposal that addresses logistics more than AM, then you might be interested in applying to the open call of the L4MS project.
If you have a proposal that is more on AM but also needs logistics, then apply to our open call. You can find an informative flyer here. Even more information is available in our web casts that you can check out to get an insight on how to apply.
According to the available budget, it is envisioned to fund one or two projects that address this link appropriately. Support on logistics is being provided by the L4MS project.
Europe has battled the first wave of infections and illnesses. Mouth and nose protection has been realised through masks and face shields, all of which have been provided in hundreds of thousands of pieces. It is now the time to take the next step, a step where additive manufacturing can support further recovery and protection and contribute to reduce the risk of new waves.
We define the following Challenge Set under our COVID-19 call which allows support for proposals with funding of up to 10.000 Euros and expert consulting from the AMable team. We herein call for proposals that describe technically realistic and economically viable ideas that need additive manufacturing to become alive. The role of additive manufacturing needs to be in manufacturing of the product but can also be in the prototyping the product that facilitates a conventional mass production.
Challenge Set 2
- Category 1, Treatment: Medical tools and aids for illness treatment and early detection (COVID-19). Examples:
- Parts that enable production scale up of urgently needed equipment in this category
- Parts that enable rapid testing of infections or enable continuous sensing
- Category 2, Prevention: Technical tools and aids against virus infections in public spaces, restaurants, transportation and manufacturing environments (SARS-COV-2). Examples:
- Anti-touch tools to prevent infection via surfaces
- Handling tools to enable contact-free operation
- Holders or clamping systems that enable automated disinfection
Submission deadline: August, 17th 17:00 hrs Brussels time.
Proposal length: 2 pages with information that contains a description of the idea, an explanation how it will solve the challenge, a workplan with timeline.
For further details please consult the guide for applicants.
Ever visited an AMable Experience Lab? These events are a great opportunity to learn about additive manufacturing. Experts give an insight into design and construction topics so that you can see how to solve challenges. Based on these talks, you get an insight into practical solutions from simulation across materials down to post processing. And - it is a great place to discuss ideas with others. You present your case and you will get inspiring feedback.
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The fourth call for proposals closed on March 1st. We have seen a number of submissions and will assign them to external evaluators now. Stay tuned for the results.
All OC3 proposals have been evaluated. We are loking forward to support another 15 teams on their path to a functional part that needs AM to become alive.
Soon all experiments from OC2 will be contracted. Stay tuned, we will inform you about the topics and the partners that are involved in these experiments. Interesting challenges from medical to aquatic. The line expands!