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Additive Manufacturing

Future key-technology to upgrade textiles and plastics processing

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a term defining the production of tangible objects by means of digital tools. This approach, often called 3D-printing, differs in a radical manner from conventional production methods in that it produces the objects by the selective layering of materials instead of by machining or casting methods.

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The combination of AM with conventional production techniques into a hybrid technology may lead to technically and economically interesting innovations. In this demo-dissemination project, we offer a survey of the state-of-the-art knowledge regarding diverse AM-techniques. In dialogue with the participating companies, a number of demo cases will be developed to evaluate the possibility to directly print through AM-techniques onto knitted, woven and non-woven fabrics, injected molded parts, films… in order to functionalise and personalise them. The aim of the project is to apply Additive manufacturing in a multitude of different domains and to contribute to the creation of innovating products.

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Début: 
01 Mar 2013
Fin: 
28 Feb 2015