Swerea IVF and industry in closer collaboration regarding additive manufacturing
13 February, 2018
Swerea IVF will start a new production line for additive manufacturing of metallic materials with focus on selective laser melting in close collaboration with industry and universities. The partnership is unique as it brings together parties along the whole value chain and also covers working with environment and health issues.
Additive manufacturing and digitalisation are two strategic areas that will affect how the manufacturing industry can adapt to quicker market changes and hence reduce the time-to-market of new products, and in that way increase their competitiveness.
– Additive manufacturing is a fast growing area and we are pleased to be able to set up this production line together with a large industrial group, and in that way contribute to the industrialization of additive manufacturing in Sweden, says Mats Lundin, CEO, Swerea IVF. This will enable our partners to test and realize their ideas and thoughts, together with our experts in the area.
The production capacity at Swerea IVF will be increased by one additional powder bed fusion metal 3D printer from SLM Solutions Group AG, equipped with the latest technology which includes a multi laser system among other things. To put additive manufacturing in an industrial perspective and to demonstrate the integration of the process as well as the manufactured products, Swerea IVF constructs a new Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory including pre- and post-processes. The intention of the new Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory is to provide a better holistic view for our industrial partners as well as creating an environment for future innovative solutions affecting the entire supply chain.
The partners represent material suppliers, machine suppliers and end users as well as other important technologies (partners) that are crucial in additive manufacturing supply chain. The participating parties are: Curtiss Wright Surface Technology, EDR & Medeso, Höganäs, University West, Nederman, Quintus Technologies, Ringhals, SLM Solutions Group, Swerea IVF and Volvo Trucks.
– It is completely unique to gather such a large industrial group to build a strong platform for creating new innovative product-, process- and material solutions. Furthermore, by having University West in the group, which today holds a strong research environment within metal additive manufacturing in Sweden creates an innovative environment to connect basic and applied research, says Seyed Hosseini, manager, Additive Manufacturing at Swerea IVF.