Additive Casting Additive Manufacturing funding for additive casting concept from Enable Manufacturing

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UK – Enable Manufacturing Ltd has been granted funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, for a project to prove the concept of its Additive Casting process.

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Enable has launched a project that is scheduled to run until April 2021 and during which Enable will be designing and producing parts, using all three processes currently available for additive casting.
Enable has launched a project that is scheduled to run until April 2021 and during which Enable will be designing and producing parts, using all three processes currently available for additive casting.
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Innovate UK is investing up to £191 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund over the next two years. The aim of these competitions is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

Under this initiative, Enable has launched a project that is scheduled to run until April 2021 and during which Enable will be designing and producing parts, using all three processes currently available for additive casting:

• Sandcasting for large parts (up to 60 tonnes)

• Investment casting for fine detail (up to 250 x 250 x 250mm)

• Investment casting for ultra-fine detail (up to 190 x 160 x 160mm)

The design of the parts will include designs that are optimized for the additive casting process as well as designs that cannot be manufactured using traditional manufacturing methods and that must utilize additive manufacturing technology.

Reshoring production

The goal of this project is to prove the concept of additive casting and to obtain hard evidence that will prove that additive casting is currently the only manufacturing method on the market utilising additive manufacturing technology, that can produce highly complex metal parts, in nearly any size or production volume, in more than 130 materials to existing quality standards applicable to the aerospace, automotive, marine and heavy industries sectors.

“We strongly believe that additive casting is a game-changing technology that will help UK companies innovate quicker, make better quality products and re-shore production for a more sustainable manufacturing model,” says Jon Wright, Technical Manager at Enable.

“In this sense, additive casting could play an important role in the UK’s recovery post COVID and our journey towards a zero-emission economy. But for us at Enable this grant also means that there are people and organizations who believe in our technology and are prepared to help bring it to market successfully. And for this we want to thank Innovate UK.”

Founded in 2019, Enable specialises in a new manufacturing process for the production of metal parts called additive casting, a hybrid process between additive manufacturing and traditional metal casting.

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