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.
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.
People in our world are threatened by the COVID-19 virus and effects that arise from infections and illnesses. AMable aims to support ideas that help against shortages in products, problems in medical care and other issues that affect our social life and the economic environment. And we do this in two steps:
- We ask for the definition of challenges where additive manufacturing can apply its potential. Once we have collected a number of high impact challenges, we will publish these as "challenge-sets"
- We will then call for your proposal of a "solution idea" to those one challenge from the "challenge-set". The proposal needs to be short - only about two pages, and it will need to be submitted within two weeks.
The selection of such proposals will be done quickly and support of up to 10.000 Euros will go to the applicant to experiment on the realisation of the "solution idea". Experts from the consortium will actively support the activity to jump start and accelerate the work.
"Challenge sets" will be published regularly on this page while the call is open. These publications of the "challenge sets" will define the submission date and the precise application procedure per challenge.
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.
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!