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. 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. Project website The projected is supported by: