Additive Manufacturing (AM), including 3D-Printing, is one of the potential game changers that, for some applications, has already reached a tipping point of maturity. European companies are still strong in some areas but this position requires high levels of continuous innovation, especially where competitors are fast approaching. There are also other areas that are comparatively less developed and where the technology transfer and adoption is not functional, leading to a slow uptake of the results.
Despite the EC support, in the global picture the competitiveness of the European companies is threatened by important investments at international level. Moreover, some of the more fundamental aspects in order to take advantage of this promising technology still need to be addressed.
It is necessary to identify current bottlenecks and barriers to further development of AM technologies in Europe. Furthermore the stakeholders also need to be mobilised in order to exploit the business opportunities that AM provides, facilitating the take-up of this technology in Europe, with a focussed promotion and support strategy for Additive Manufacturing technologies.Scope:
The proposals should address most of the following aspects:
Proposals should include the organisation of workshops with top-ranked international experts and EC services from the various disciplines aiming at the elaboration of a future AM roadmap, as well as an International Conference on AM at the end of the project.
In order to ensure the industrial relevance and impact of the research effort, the active participation of industrial partners represents an added value to the activities and this will be reflected in the evaluation, under the criteria Implementation and Impact.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 750000 and 1000000 would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
No more than one action will be funded.Expected Impact: