EU initiative seeking laser-based solutions to augment with advanced digital tools

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The EU initiative Pulsate has launched an open call for technology transfer experiments (TTEs) featuring innovative laser-based solutions.

The initiative seeks to promote a pan-European network designed to boost the adoption of laser-based advanced and additive manufacturing (LBAAM) technologies through the uptake of advanced digital tools. 

Selected TTEs will become part of a 13-month support programme, during which Pulsate partners will offer a full set of technical and business mentoring services to scale up the experiments.

Each TTE will also be funded with a grant of up to €150,000.

The result will be the development of innovative laser-based equipment, processes, ancillary equipment and software adapted to flexible production environments. The solutions will target SMEs and will be equipped with digital tools that improve their productivity, flexibility and traceability, lowering their barrier to entry.

‘LBAAM can radically change many industries and provide maximal benefits towards flexible manufacturing and highly digitalised production environments,’ the Pulsate team said in its announcement of the open call. ‘LBAAM technology is particularly beneficial for sectors such as aerospace, automotive, medical devices, industrial machinery, customised electronics, and textiles and clothing.’

Applicants of the open call should address the development and implementation of technology and systems applicable to laser-based equipment for advanced and additive manufacturing within the following areas of experimentation:

  • Laser equipment integration, interoperability and robust automation;

  • Technology for cost effective laser-based manufacturing;

  • First part right and zero-defect laser-based production;

  • Flexible technology for small to large batches;

  • From CAD to PLM: data integration and flow.

The TTEs must be proposed by a consortium including at least two SMEs and/or slightly bigger companies, one acting as a technology provider and the other (a manufacturing company) acting as an end user.

By the end of the programme, the technology providers will have a new product capable of addressing the needs of the manufacturing sector, while the end user will have a validated prototype system applied to its specific operational environment.

Pulsate will select 10 TTEs overall to participate in the programme. Submissions can be made until 22 April 2021 through the application form available on: https://pulsate-tte.fundingbox.com.  

The selection of the open call proposals will be carried out in a five-step process, with the final step requiring finalists to present their experiments to a jury.

The Pulsate initiative has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and is supported by the Photonics21 Public Private Partnership.

Partners of the initiative include: EPIC, MTC, Fraunhofer IWS, CEA, Aimen, SNTEF, Center for Physical Sciences & Technology, FundingBox, and Clesgo.

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