Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D Printing is part of the digital revolution. It is changing the structure of the manufacturing industry and the way it is operating, especially in countries where the competitiveness rests on high-end products and short series. VTT concentrates its AM research especially on metal printing, with the goal of increasing the competitiveness of its customers.
VTT has a long history and good facilities to tailor properties of printable metal powders and make experimental batches fitting the purpose in question. Powders are developed for higher performance and functionality, with manufacturing parameters optimized so that the component to be printed is flawless.
Optimisation of products and the printing process
AM gives to the designer a much bigger degree of freedom than the conventional fabrication methods, while on the other hand AM has restrictions that must be known and understood. VTT has a strong competence in topology optimisation and in exploitation of the potential of AM. We combine this with a carefully planned print process to minimize cost while optimizing product quality.
Business models and integration of AM into production
Additive manufacturing forces companies to rethink their business models. VTT helps its customers to answer e.g. the following questions: Does AM bring economic value for me? Which parts are worth printing now and which ones possibly in the future? Can I increase the competitiveness of my products or develop new ones with the help of AM? How do I integrate AM into my production process? How do I manage the control and quality assurance of the materials, the process and the parts to be printed?