This research project leads to new and improved Additive Manufacturing processes and machines, which will improve the power and speed of production techniques and allow for serial production of components.
NEXT-GENERATION ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE
In this project, Flanders Make develops an open and modular additive manufacturing platform to improve production systems. The platform groups and controls all processes that are needed to build components made by heating metal powder in a powder bed using powerful and accurate lasers.
INTEGRATED PRODUCTION CHAIN FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS IN POLYMER MATERIALS
In this research project, we will examine how we can integrate additive manufacturing (including 3D printing) in production lines for serial production at low prices. The objective is to introduce this technique in a broader market segment.
COMBINATION OF LASER ADDITIVE, LASER SUBTRACTIVE AND OTHER LASER PROCESSES FOR IMPROVED FUNCTIONAL PART CHARACTERISTICS
Increasing productivity often conflicts with the inner (density) and outer (roughness) quality of products. Powder-based components manufactured through laser-AM (additive manufacturing) often need post-processing to improve them. This research project runs from February 2016 up to January 2020 and aims to develop a hybrid process for new AM-applications. By combining additive and subtractive laser technologies, the need for post- processing (milling, grinding, compacting, etc.) should decrease. This will also result in more accurate, less porous and more robust products.