Research Program 2
Technology and process development, production qualification and validation
This program will focus on the development of new additive manufacturing technologies and novel processes to grow our advanced manufacturing sector, including;
New development and modification of existing additive manufacturing technologies and processes to use new and /or recycled materials.
Creating the next generation of process parameters to enhance part quality and performance.
Development of multi-material and hybrid additive manufacturing techniques.
Development of software tools for design optimization and process simulation to support zero waste and zero emission opportunities.
Development of new standards and guidelines for qualifying additive manufacturing processes.
Validation of additive manufacturing processes to ensure part quality and consistency.
Development of Certification protocols for additive manufacturing systems, materials, and processes.
Development of test methods for evaluating mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties of additively manufactured parts.
Characterization of microstructure and defects in additively manufactured parts.
Assessment of the impact of process variations on part quality.
Verification of part performance through mechanical testing and analysis.
Development of efficient and environmental-friendly post-processing techniques (hard surfacing/cladding/ heat-treatment etc.) for improving surface finish, dimensional stability and part performance.