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Open Call for Ideas (COVID-19) #print4virus

Challenge Set with submission deadline 01.10.2020 1700hrs Brussels time

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 plan to define another 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. This will 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 3 defines the following scope:

  • 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: October 1st 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 following documents:

Guide for Applicants

Contract Template

Proposal Template

Open Call for Product Idea Pitches (PIP1)

Write one page and win a seat in an AMable Experience Lab

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.

Pitch your product idea. Win support for travel and expenses to join an AMable Experience Lab of your choice.

Guide for Applicants

Attachment to the guide for applicants

Contract Template

Call for Proposals - OC6

AMable calls for proposals that bring forward an innovative idea of functional products that needs Additive Manufacturing (AM) to become real. The call aims to enable SMEs to take up AM with the help of financial support and AMable Services. These services target at support and upskilling of employees in the areas of design for AM, technology development, skills and education and to support their business development.

  • Call Identifier: AMable OC 6
  • Submission Deadline: 01.11.2020 1700 Brussels time
  • Estimated Budget: 900.000 Euros
  • Eligibility: SME's and mid-caps from the European Union
  • Experimentation types: Feasibility Studies (short time frame, low TRL) and Best Practice Experiments (higher TRL)
  • Experimentation teams: SME in the supplier role, for Best Practice an SME or mid-cap in the user role is needed
  • Experimentation: Innovative idea of a functional product that needs AM to be come alive

Please find the following documents to aid you in the preparation of your proposal:

guide for applicants

FSTP contract template

proposal template best practice experiment

proposal template feasibility study experiment

Please revisit this page before submission to check for updates of the above documents or additional information that guides you to a successful application.

In case of questions and for the submission, please mail to the oc6 mailbox

If you would like to discuss your idea with one of our tutors, please mail to tutors

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OC2 Experiments Up and Running

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Stories of the Experiments