January 2, 2017 / By EWF

LASIMM - novel hybrid approaches for additive and subtractive manufacturing machines

Reducing costs, improving efficiency and production flexibility are core pillars to improve Europe’s industrial competitiveness. But how can it be achieved?

One of the most H2020 recent projects in which EWF is coordinating, LASIMM project (Large Additive Subtractive Integrated Modular Machine) aims to address this need through the development of large scale and flexible all-in-one hybrid machines

The development of this all-in-one-hybrid machine will based on a modular architecture that is easily scalable, and ensuring that the properties of the material produced surpass those of a forged material. It will enable the production of a part/product directly from computer-aided design (CAD) models within a reduced timeframe and without the need of post-processing steps.

During the 18th and 19th of October took place the first kick-off meeting of the project. The meeting was organised by EWF and gathered representatives of all the ten partners involved in the development of this innovative project. Together, all the participants were agreeing on the project’s steps to be developed, they planned the further work load and the activities.

There are ten partners engaged on this ambitious project, comprising six companies, including the entire supply chain needed to produce such a machine, two Universities and two research institutes. Project partners include the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting, BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd., Foster + Partners Limited, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Cranfield University, Global Robots Ltd., Loxin2002, S.L., Helmholtz-Zentrum, Geesthacht Zentrum fur Material – und Kustenforschung GMBH, Delcam Ltd. and Instituto Superior Técnico.

LASIMM project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. H2020–FoF-2016-723600 — LASIMM.