Additive manufacturing of large components
1 June, 2017
The competitiveness of the Swedish manufacturing industry will be strengthened by joining the digital and physical value chains for additive manufacturing of large-scale components. Advantages such as increased flexibility and shortened lead times will be shown through a series of case studies in a new test-and demo project.
The industry often faces challenges such as long lead times, long time to market introduction and great need for large and expensive production tools. Additive manufacturing offers the possibility to solve several of the big challenges during manufacture and product development of large custom made plastic details.
DiLAM is a new research project concerning additive manufacturing, managed by Swerea IVF. The project ”Digitalized Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (DiLAM)” has a budget of almost SEK 13 million and the aim is to join the digital and physical value chains for additive manufacturing of large-scale components. Henrik Oxfall, project manager, explains the benefits:
"During DiLAM, the entire production flow around large-scale additive manufacturing will be digitalized for full traceability of product-and production data during the whole manufacturing. This includes everything from design methods, process visualization and process planning to the actual production process and finally quality assurance. In the project we hope to be able show how digitalization can lower the thresholds and reduce the risks of introducing large-scale additive manufacturing in Swedish industry."
Swerea IVF has, in previous collaboration with ABB, developed a technique for additive manufacturing of large components which is based on an extruder being attached to an industrial robot. Within DiLAM the technique will be integrated into a completely digitalized value chain and demonstrated through a series of case studies from participating end users.
DiLAM has a wide representation from academy and industry with Swerea IVF, Chalmers University of Technology, ABB Robotics, SICK, Robot System Products (RSP), KFM Maskin, Nederman, Randek, Cipax, Melker of Sysslebäck, Skara Modell & Prototyp, Svenska Woody, Prodma, Combitech, Unibap, BLB Industries, as well as Torsby municipality. The project is carried out between 2017-2020 with successive demonstrations.
Production 2030 is financed by Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency), Energimyndigheten (the Swedish Energy Agency) and FORMAS.