Additive Manufacturing using Metal Pilot Line (MANUELA)
MANUELA is a Horizon 2020 project with the aim to develop and deploy an open access pilot line for metal additive manufacturing, covering the entire value chain.
Metal additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, enables fabrication of advanced prototypes and functional components with increased design flexibility and reduced lead times. In order for the technology to reach its full potential, the entire value chain in metal AM has to be taken into account, from design to post-processing and quality assured product. Today, pre- and post-processing typically represents over 50% of the total cost and lead time in metal AM.
MANUELA aims at deploying an open-access pilot line facility, covering the whole production sequence, to show full potential of metal AM for industrial AM production. The project relies on two major AM technologies:
- LPBF: Laser Powder Bed Fusion
- EBM Electron Beam Melting
MANUELA is connected to a consortium composed of industrial end user’s, suppliers, (material/powder, AM hardware, quality monitoring system, software, automation and post-AM treatment) as well as top research institutes in powder bed metal-AM, covering full range of AM technology chain for pilot line deployment. The deployed pilot line will be validated for use cases, covering wide span of applications including automotive, aerospace, energy and medical.
Västra Götaland Region
RISE role in project
Work package leader and responsible for development of automated solutions for post AM operations.
Chalmers University of Technology, CSEM, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, RISE IVF, Cardiff University, Politecnico di Torino, Höganäs AB, Electro Optical Systems Finland Oy, ABB AB, OSAI Automation System , METAS, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB, QIOPTIQ, O.E.B. SRL, RUAG Slip Rings SA, AMIRES SRO, Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik, ENEL PRODUZIONE SPA, BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING S.R.O