Four reference Spanish research centres in Additive Manufacturing –Ceit, Lortek, Catec and Aidimme– have joined forces in the Training Excellence in Additive Manufacturing with Metallic Materials Strategic Programme (CEFAM), coordinated by Ceit and taking into account that their competences cover this technology’s value chain. This goes from the design of new source materials and their production to the technologies in advanced testing, which include the manufacture process and all the post-processing stages needed for the materials to meet the requirements to be implemented at an industrial scale.
CEFAM is one of seven projects financed by the 2019 Red Cervera CDTI programme, included in the first partial resolution call for the grants destined to the ‘Cervera’ Technological Centres of Excellence.
The main objective of this programme is to reinforce the participating Technological Centres’ competences in strategic technology, such as metal Additive Manufacturing. With this grant, the participating centres have attained the ‘Cervera Centre of Excellence’ accreditation in Additive Manufacturing technology.
The CEFAM goal is to create a network of excellence in Additive Manufacturing founded on two complimentary pillars: a know-how with international recognition and a market orientation which will allow this network to operate as a driving force in the Spanish industrial tissue. Therefore, these next three years the members of CEFAM will undertake additive manufacturing research challenges with diverse metal alloys through different additive manufacturing technologies.
CEFAM’s aim is to enhance the cooperation between the four participating technological centres and to benefit from the different approaches they each have towards increasing the impact of the knowledge acquired in Additive Manufacturing. This would reduce the response time for resolving specific needs, contributing to a cost rationalisation with the use of more sustainable materials and developing new Additive Manufacturing technologies or modifying the pre-existing ones to obtain fault-free components from new alloys or hard-to-process materials (given their hardness, frailty, fusion temperature…).
Another objective is to maximise the result outreach in the scientific community and companies. The activities of this new project focus on sectors that demand components with great complexity and requirements – aerospace, energy, automotive, telecom, machinery – or big scientific facilities.
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