DED (Directed Energy Deposition) is a new technology and foundation for fast adaption in remote areas is quite limited. There is a considerably large number of metal workshops and relevant companies in the Northern Scandinavia, but metal AM and especially DED is yet to be effectively utilized. The outcomes of IDiD - Implementation of DeD AM in future manufacturing project provide insights for the companies from the metal production and the similar sectors to perceive the potential impacts of the AM DED adoption and go through the transition process systematically. Besides, IDiD establishes the foundation for future crossborder RDI of metal AM and smart manufacturing of SMEs to help the sustainable development of the region and boost its competitiveness.
IDiD partners are internationally distinguished experts on metal AM materials, manufacturing techniques, and supply chains. The project is the continuation of a long partnership and the beginning of a new cross-border RDI with a focus on addressing scientific and technical questions that facilitates the regions green transition, enhancing competitiveness and attractiveness for new experts and enterprises. The role of flexible DED-based production in crisis situations will be central throughout the project.
IDiD implements a holistic approach that considers material properties, design aspects, and technological and supply chain factors. Empirical results will facilitate breakthroughs in the design and manufacturing of next-generation sustainable products. Literature surveys and panel discussions with international equipment-and-service providers will generate guidelines for local companies on using DED for various production lines and products. In addition to technical aspects, cost-efficiency will be investigated by comparing the investment and operational costs of different solutions. The DEDs competitiveness in Northern Scandinavia will be investigated using multifaceted information from material performance and technological advantages to investments and supply chain performance.
The projects budget is 2 M€ and it is funded by the EU Interreg Aurora 2021-2027 program.
3D-printing is ranked by recognized international experts among the ten most important future technologies in industrial production.
During the last years 3D-printing, also called additive manufacturing (AM) became strongly implemented in certain regions and by certain companies while others are still very reluctant, including the Kolarctic area. 3D-printing is far more than just substituting one manufacturing technique by another. AM offers e.g. the possibility of reducing manufacturing steps, new opportunities for design and function of products, very efficient production in terms of low costs and low environmental impact. Although additive manufacturing offers high potential, it is difficult for SME’s to exploit, because AM requires knowledge and skills for more complex, sophisticated changes, which are difficult to acquire.
I2P project faces this challenge and offers a substantial initiative to enhance the skills and resources in 3D-printing of metal products. The project will enhance awareness on opportunities and limitations of this promising technology among industrial enterprises. Consequently, I2P will be a starting point for development of new business ideas applicable for small and medium-sized enterprises. It will also make input into growth of business, employment rate and attractiveness of the Kolarctic region.
The projects budget is 1 011 500€ and it is funded by the Regional Council of Lapland together with the Kolarctic Cross-Border Cooperation program.
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The European Commission has suspended the participation of the Russian Federation in the implementation of the cross-border cooperation programmes between the European Union and Russia, starting from March 3, 2022. The project will continue without the Russian partners, with RDI-actors and companies from Finland, Sweden and Norway working together.