Additive Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)
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Lead project

Focus of developments within

The lead-project will form a national research network with an international scientific board in order to find recognition and acceptance within the Austrian economy. Four AM-technologies are brought into focus (Lithography based AM, Fused deposition Modelling - FDM, Inkjet and Selective Laser Melting), which have the largest potential for industrial application and further development. The most important families of engineering materials, i.e. ceramics, polymers and metals are included. Based on longtime expertise of consortium partners and intensive research work, the project will deal with those problems, which can be considered as barriers for further developments and economic use or which have a very high innovation potential. Within, the R&D-activities are divided in four areas: materials development, design and dimensioning, process-specific and application-oriented aspects, each for metals and non-metals. Cross-sectional issues, like system integration are dealed covered in a separate working package

The most important objectives are:

  • Material developments for improved processing and service properties of AM-built components, like new powder materials and hybrids (composites, segmented structures etc.)
  • The innovation potential of AM-processes will primarily depend on the designer’s creativity and the use of sophisticated FEM-software packages for light weight design. By adaption of methods like topology and shape optimization to AM-specific issues and coupling with extremely fine lattice structures, novel solutions are generated and new user markets can be generated
  • Process developments for AM-technologies, lithography-based AM, fused deposition modelling and inkjet.

The industrial implementation of novel AM-concepts within the fundamental R&D-areas will be done in separate working packages, which are dedicated to the branches mechanical engineering, tooling, automotive engineering, semiconductor industry, refractory industry and aerospace industry. Solutions will be searched, which offer significant competitive advantages,

The most important deliverables and findings will be:

  • Development of new materials (metal powders, ceramics, thermoplastic photopolymers) with significantly improved material properties.
  • Development of an AM-concept to build hybride components made of metal/ceramics, steel/aluminium
  • Development of novel lithography-based AM-processes with significantly improved resolution and higher operational capacity.
  • Development of post-processing-methods to improve the surface quality of AM-built products
  • Development of new industrial applications taking into account the whole processing chain.

The project management is performed by Montanuniversität Leoben, TU Wien (Prof. Stampfl) is the scientific coordinator. The project is funded by FFG