RISE Acreo has during the spring of 2018 written a Strategic Research Agenda for the Swedish Additive Metal Manufacturing Industry, commissioned by AMEXCI AB.
Additive manufacturing has passed the peak of the hype curve, and is steadily becoming an established manufacturing methodology, with an expected annual growth of 28% for metal AM. As with all innovations, though, there are some challenges to overcome before it can be considered mainstream.
Most of the challenges can and will be met by day-to-day industrial and academic activities. However, we would like to prioritize three challenges – design competence, quality and productivity, and occupational health issues. These are the areas that in our opinion need focused national collaboration, following an industral timeline, if a small country like Sweden wants to stay internationally competitive.
Following companies supports the SRA: AMEXCI AB, Siemens, Saab, Electrolux, Husqvarna Group, Höganäs, ABB, AIM, ABB, Stora Enso, Atlas Copco, Chalmers, FAM, SKF, Arcam EBM, Lasertech, Örebro University, Epiroc, University West.
This paper discusses the issues related to cross-contamination of metal powder in production facilities and proposes an approach to limiting the occurrence of this phenomenon.
Amongst the challenges of bringing Additive Manufacturing (AM) from lab to the market is not only the technical issues of production capabilities, scalability and identification of proper applications. High standards are needed in the tool-shop environments in order to ensure consistent production of multiple parts. This paper focuses on the challenges faced when establishing such AM facilities.
Authors: Greta D’Angelo and Edvin Resebo, AMEXCI AB, David Bue Pedersen, DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark and Ola Harrysson, Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.