Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing, forms part of the digital revolution. It is structurally transforming the industrial sector, particularly in countries where competitiveness is based on advanced products and short production runs. Via fast trials, SMACC offers companies the latest AM research findings for immediate use in production, for trying out new business opportunities, and for improving competitiveness.
VTT and Tampere University have invested in R&D on 3D printing. VTT has broad expertise in the development of materials used in metal 3D printing. Such expertise can be used in e.g., powder bed fusion, the area of 3D printing on which VTT has focused. Tampere University focuses on Direct Energy Deposition (DED) in the manufacture of metal parts. A broad range of industrial needs can be covered by the partnership between the two institutions.
The advantages of AM over traditional manufacturing methods include e.g.:
- the manufacture of physical objects directly from 3D models
- functionality-based design
- the manufacture of lighter products
- better use of materials
- faster passage of products from the design stage to the markets
- A 3D design and manufacturing chain, all the way from the material to the finished component
- The latest design tools combined with an outstanding range of devices
- In-depth process and materials expertise
- Business model development
- Broad research and cooperation networks
- Efficient and reliable project implementation together with companies