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AMAZE

Develop and demonstrate metal AM process chains for industrial production

Start Date: January 2013 – May 2017

Objective:

Accelerate the adoption of metal AM processes through a comprehensive programme of research which will; dramatically increase (x10) the speed and robustness of metal AM processes, extend the range of proven materials, generate a database of high pedigree mechanical property data, develop improved process modelling tools and process monitoring approaches as well as more effective inspection methods and new approaches to the design of metal AM parts. 

Key activities:

End to End approach encompassing every aspect of the metal AM process chain;

  • Materials development (including feed-stock characterization)
  • Design for AM
  • AM process development
  • Process monitoring
  • In-process and post process NDT and inspection
  • Process modelling
  • Part finishing
  • Process automation and streamlining production
  • Production and testing of industrial demonstration parts
  • Supporting the development of standards

 

Benefits:

Transformational project which led to the development of new AM machines, materials, process models, inspection techniques, new approaches to part design all underpinned by a database of high quality material property data with complete traceability from powder through to part heat treatment, finishing and inspection data.

MTC role in project

  • Project coordinator*
  • Materials characterisation
  • AM process development
  • Process monitoring
  • Post process NDT
  • Part finishing
  • Process automation and streamlining production
  • Production and testing of demonstration parts
  • Supporting the development of standards

*from Jan 2016

Project partners:

26 partners across Europe including;

Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), European Space Agency (ESA), Avio, Norsk Titanium, IREPALASER, Concept Laser, Renishaw, Trumpf, Granta, BCT, Technalia, ESI, Bombardier,Volvo, Airbus, BAE Systems, Fraunhofer ILT, CCFE, Thales Alenia Space, The University of Manchester, Cranfield University, University of Birmingham, Swansea University, Polytechnic of Turin, EPFL,  Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Funding body:

EU – FP7 / FoF-NMP.2012-4/ Project: 313781

Project budget:

€18m* 

Combination of EU funding and industrial contribution

Grant to MTC:

€1.3m

Contact Us:

NCAM@the-mtc.org

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 313781