European technology Sub-platform in Additive manufacturing: be aware of the latest advances on AM and 3D printing technologies and network with key stakeholders.

Associated projects


HyProCell develops and validates integrated multiprocess hybrid production cells for rapid individualized laser-based production. The cells include laser-based additive and subtractive manufacturing machines, ensuring a fully finished product from incoming raw materials.

The project aims at the following industrial impact:
- Prove the feasibility of a demand-driven laser-based production process supported on fast manufacturing procedure development capacities; - Create highly automated and integrated multiprocess production cells which result into improved efficiencies; - Enable the rapid reconfiguration of production cells for scalability and/or new product demands by taking advantage of their modular architecture; - Empower end-users to embrace novel laser-based manufacturing production processes.

The project is supported by the H2020 Factories of the Future programme.

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Results HYPROLINE project

The HYPROLINE project has ended august 2015.

Reports are availalable, however developed main results and built technogoly are shown in this movie.



The HYPROLINE consortium.


The general objective of Hyproline is to strengthen the competitiveness of the European industry by introducing manufacturing methods, which will allow companies to

  1. reduce time-to-market and number of rejects,
  2. make more customized and innovative products with a higher market value, and
  3. make products > 20% more accurate with considerable savings (>30%) in consump-tion of waste metal, fluids and services, with an equivalent reduction of CO2 emission.
laser-milling  By further developing the manufacturing process itself as well as by research and application work on materials, pre and post treatment of the parts produced and supporting software Hyproline adds capabilities to commercially available manufacturing systems, in terms of speed, product quality and versatility. By keeping focus on the entire process from conceptual outline of the product via product design, engineering and production planning to actual manufacturing and control of quality, the project contributes to the development of a versatile manufacturing process, suited for industrial produc-tion by SMEs of complex custom made metal (meso scale = order 10 mm) parts in small batches or even in one-of-a-kind production mode.

The Hyproline manufacturing concept will be demonstrated by its pilot implementation for serial production of customized high quality meso parts for two different industrial sectors of

  1. electronics and
  2. aerospace.


In today globalized world, companies are trying to remain competitive through the adoption of a strategy where high quantity production of goods is the leverage to reduce costs.
By negating this approach, ADDFactor proposes the "Mini-factories" concept, which is conceived to be an innovative solution for most of the actors involved in the whole supply chain: the relationship between retailers and the manufacturing technologies will be considered and characterized by a new production framework concept, founded on central knowledge-based design and local distributed manufacturing.
This high-level concept will be applied focusing on need-driven products, and ADDFactor will manage the complexity of their design phase thanks to a direct connection with the retailer, that will provide "biometric data" of the customers as tacit requirements and "aesthetics tests" as explicit demands, being both fundamental for an effective individual personalization.
ADDFactor achievements will be focused on two different levels of manufacturing solutions, which will be placed:

at retail environment, to consider products simple and/or reduced in terms of assembled components (i.e. orthotics or modular fashion heels and plateau);
and at district level when the products are complex and the manufacturing procedures cannot be scaled at local level (i.e. sport shoes or complete customized fashion shoes).

Within this overall project concept, ADDFactor will structure its activities towards the achievement of different objectives, from diagnostic devices to advanced design tools in order to convert personal data in individual product specifications. The manufacturing is then guaranteed by a local manufacturing through novel ultra-fast and auto-configurable machines.
Thanks to the concurrent impact of these project results, ADDFactor will spark off an innovation virtuous cycle towards a future European industry.

Cassa Mobile

Flexible mini-factory for local and customized production in a container
The CassaMobile concept aims to provide local, flexible and environmentally friendly production of highly customised parts.

The production system is based on a truly modular architecture, allowing rapid adaptation to new requirements. This 'plug & produce' architecture includes mechanical and control system adaptation. The footprint of the CassaMobile production container is minimised to enable transportation to and deployment in areas with severely limited space, whilst minimising investment and infrastructure costs.
A pool of process modules enables many different configurations. Modules include for Additive Manufacturing, CNC-milling, assembly and cleaning.

A comprehensive pool of interchangeable process modules provides free configuration of the process chain to suit specific product requirements. This includes modules such as Additive Manufacturing, CNC-milling, automated assembly and cleaning which enables continuous production of one-of-a-kind products.

The CassaMobile concept is supported by an easy-to-use human-machine-interface and software for the direct manufacturing of custom designed products making the system cost-effective for end-users, operators and engineers.

All of these components are designed to be embedded within a 20' ISO-container which can be easily transported and deployed wherever required. A comprehensive cleanliness concept allows the CassaMobile system to adapt to differing process environment requirements. If the product requires a validated production process (for medical devices for example), this can be realised within the enclosed unit – thus enabling the possibility of a local validated production system.


Enlightening Next Generation of Material

Advanced concept of flexible machine for new Additive Manufacturing and Subtractive Manufacturing processes on next generation of complex 3D metal parts.


Borealis brochure 5mar

Enlightening Next Generation of Material

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SASAM's mission is to drive the growth of AM to efficient and sustainable industrial processes by integrating and coordinating Standardisation activities for Europe by creating and supporting a standardisation organisation in the field of AM.

The Additive Manufacturing (AM) concept is based on additive freeform fabrication technologies for the automated production of complex products.

Additive Manufacturing is defined as the direct production of finished goods using additive processes from digital data.

A key advantage is that AM eliminates the need for tooling, such as moulds and dies, that can make the introduction of new products prohibitively expensive, both in time and money. This enables the production of forms that have been long considered impossible by conventional series production—in fact, they can be created fast, flexibly, and with fewer machines.

SASAM Standardisation roadmap 2014 HOT

This document describes the roadmap for standardisation activities for Additive Manufacturing as drafted from the SASAM project.

The interest and attention for the development of AM standards have gained momentum. A group of over 100 industrially driven stakeholders from all over the world (with a centre of gravity in Europe) is currently active in AM. These stakeholders indicated the need and type of standards to be developed, they must be focussed on customers and market and support industrial implementation of AM. A number of standards categories were distinguished such as design, specific industrial needs, quality of manufactured parts, safety (regulations) and education.

A listing of already existing standards for AM has been drafted. Where relevant, liaisons have first been established with standardisation bodies and an assessment will be made whether further cooperation with Technical Committees will be desirable for AM topics as well. It must be noted that there is no CEN/TC on Additive Manufacturing at the moment. As part of the SASAM project it will be assessed whether the initiation

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The H2020 European project FoFAM, coordinated by PRODINTEC, started on 1st January 2015. Kick off meeting was celebrated in Brussels, on January 14th.

This project takes up the challenge of clustering technology developments on Additive manufacturing and place them into defined value chains in lead markets for Europe. The project intends to identify gaps for business development and to attack them with specific actions and timeline. It also includes high involvement of European regions to ensure an efficient use of structural funds associated to them.


FoFAM leaflet

FoFAM project takes up the challenge of clustering the technological developments related to AM under the PPP “Factories of the Future” to develop a strategy to market. Moreover, it will be aligned with the regional smart specialisation research and innovation strategies for manufacturing.

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ManSYS is a MANufacturing and supply chain management SYStem. ManSYS aims to develop and demonstrate a set of e-supply chain tools to enable the mass adoption of Additive Manufacturing.

Most manufacturers outsource some or all of their manufacturing operations to third-parties specialists on a global basis, but not without complications. ManSYS aims to overcome these obstacles through develop and demonstrate a set of e-supply chain tools to enable the mass adoption of 3D printing.

Most manufacturers outsource some or all of their manufacturing operations to third-parties specialists on a global basis. This allows them to realise cost advantages and open new markets. but not without complications. Communication problems with external suppliers, supply chain visibility and coordination are just some of the obstacles.

ManSYS aims to overcome these obstacles by developing and demonstrating a set of e-supply chain tools to enable the mass adoption of 3D printing. Integrating the information systems of all the supply-chain partners makes it possible to overcome these complications. To demonstrate the capabilities of the platform, demonstrator parts are used from Smith & Nephew, GE and Wisildent.



The purpose of the Diginova coordinating work is to determine the current status and assess and promote the expected potential of Digital Fabrication for the future of materials research and manufacturing in Europe, taking the Diginova scope as a starting point. We will map key material innovation and application domains, identify key technology challenges and new business opportunities. We will identify and connect main stakeholders through establishment of innovation networks centered around concrete identified business cases, to determine the added value and feasible routes to commercialization.

On YouTube you'll find a 4 min illustration about the idea of Digital Fabrication (in future).

Our findings will result in a Digital Fabrication roadmap describing new business as well as technology drivers, aligned with a map of the most attractive innovative product categories for applications of new materials and processes, derived from a well-founded business perspective. The roadmap will describe the most promising materials and material deposition and modification technologies and will point out the direction for innovation in materials and digital fabrication to transform EU industries from their 20th century analogue roots to their 21st century digital future.
Achieving the ambitions of the Diginova project will

  • Create a paradigm shift in manufacturing that will open up huge opportunities for future growth for manufacturing and new material developement in Europe.
  • Deliver a roadmap for Digital Fabrication drafted by the project partners together with all identified key actors. This will provide a meaningful framework and guideline for innovation for all actors in the innovation value chain.
  • Help to eliminate compromises that reduce the functionalities of new advanced materials thereby maximising their potential value and shortening the time from lab to market.
  • Lower barriers for adoption and application of advanced new materials leading to faster innovation cycles.
  • Build better coordination networks of three key groups of stakeholders, centred around well described and widly recognized key application focus areas: materials developers, manufacturing equipment developers and application developers/owners.