MANUELA is the development and realization of a metal additive manufacturing (AM) pilot line service covering the full AM development cycle. This includes both simulation and the manufacturing process of AM covering the aspects of on-line process control, characterization, real-time feedback, post-treatment, AM qualification protocols and the associated business model.
The Bionic Aircraft project aims at transferring the maturity level of additive manufacturing (AM) to a resource efficient production process, significantly increasing the use of AM in civilian aircraft. In the medium term, advances in bionic design and material technology are set to lead to a weight reduction of up to 1 ton per aircraft. In the long term, the construction of completely new types of aircraft will be possible, with significant reduction of emissions during operation. The environmental impact is further reduced by the resource efficiency of the AM technologies giving rise to new possibilities of spare part logistics.
The objective of the Kraken project is to develop an automated, robotic machine for hybrid multi-material manufacturing, combining both subtractive and novel additive technologies. The idea is to develop a machine capable of producing functional parts up to 20m long, with high accuracy and quality. Target materials are aluminium and thermoset polymers with the possibility to combine both materials.