Additive Manufacturing New center wants to accelerate industrial use of Additive Manufacturing

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Sweden — For companies to be able to fully utilise the strength of the technology, support is needed in every step along the supply chain ranging from development of new business models to product design and testing in a real production environment. Therefore, Rise is opening up the Application Center for Additive Manufacturing together with industrial and academic partners.

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The Application center for additive manufacturing is run by Rise together with the centre's 15 partners.
The Application center for additive manufacturing is run by Rise together with the centre's 15 partners.
(Source: David Lagerlöf)

Additive Manufacturing enables a paradigm shift for the industry and is relevant for many sectors such as the aerospace, space, automotive, telecom, maritime and consumer goods to name a few. Some of the advantages are the mass customisation enabling unique tailor-made components that are produced with minimal material waste and that are optimised with regards to their weight. The global market for additive manufacturing is expected to continue to grow, and for metallic materials the market is expected to increase by a factor of two by 2025.

“By gathering end users, suppliers of services, technology and materials with our researchers and experts at Rise, the Application Center for Additive Manufacturing enable us to form a robust national ecosystem for additive manufacturing in Sweden,” says Seyed Hosseini, Director of Application Center for Additive Manufacturing.

In the center, the industrial partners will have access to the latest research carried out by the research partners, test and demonstrate different additive manufacturing technologies including their pre- and post-operations, as well as access expertise and competence along the supply chain. To be successful in such an environment, collaboration, and cooperation between all partners in the Center is vital as each partner has unique competence and experience. The center creates an independent and open environment for such collaboration to take place in Sweden.

15 partners are onboard from the start. The target group for the center is manufacturing companies, both large and small and medium-sized, but also suppliers of materials, software and equipment for additive manufacturing. The partnership provides the opportunity to take full advantage of the skills and infrastructure that exist and as a partner you also contribute to the center. With the help of the center, the threshold to test and evaluate the technology can be reduced.

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