The competitiveness of European manufacturing depends on producing differentiated and high added value products in an efficient and sustainable manner, with reduced production costs, increased product quality and minimised time to market. Multi-material products have the advantage of putting the right material in the right place to satisfy all the expected requirements, which is particularly relevant when high cost or critical materials are involved. The aim of this topic is to integrate unconventional manufacturing technologies within a specific set (water jet, ultrasonic and micro-wave electron beam welding and/or electro discharge machining, laser and photopolymerisation) into a manufacturing system to make multi-material products composed of high cost or critical materials with a prolonged service life. These innovative manufacturing concepts and technologies can help European industry to face the challenge of improving resource efficiency and sustainability.
The integration of the above-mentioned unconventional manufacturing technologies into the process chain may be complemented with processes such as thermal treatment, in-process inspection and control, stress-relieving, micro-structural improvements, machining and joining. Successful integration will help to achieve a breakthrough in innovative manufacturing approaches for multi-material products. The major challenge lies in reinforcing the integration of these unconventional processes into manufacturing systems for multi-material products and subsequently implementing them throughout the European manufacturing sector, as well as ensuring that the disassembly of the materials is possible to enable re-use and recycling.Scope:
The proposal should use one or more of the following unconventional manufacturing technologies (water jet, ultrasonic and micro-wave electron beam welding and/or electro discharge machining, laser and photopolymerisation) to create new manufacturing systems for multi-material products. To tackle this major challenge successfully, research will need to cover all of the following areas:
Activities are expected to focus on Technology Readiness Levels 4 to 6. This topic addresses cross-KET activities.
This topic is particularly suitable for SMEs.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 3 and 5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.Expected Impact:
The developed new technologies should lead to a remarkable impact in the following terms:
Proposals should include a business case and exploitation strategy, as outlined in the Introduction to the LEIT part of this Work Programme.