The 3A energy class Flexible Machine for the new Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing on next generation of complex 3D metal parts.


Borealis project aims to develop a completely new concept of additive manufacturing machine: the solution is conceived as integration of a new architecture, a new manufacturing processes, a specific monitoring control infrastructure. Borealis project presents an advanced concept of machine for powder deposition and ablation processes that integrates 5 AM technologies in a unique solution. The system is specifically conceived for industrial sectors that suffer extremely high manufacturing costs because of part complexity and low volumes and the prohibitive cost of raw material. As a result, Borealis focuses on the Medtech, Aerospace and Automotive sectrors as major target. More over, the challenge of Borealis is to allow the production of big metal components using the AM process and trough a novel AM machine able to produce large and complex parts with unprecedented throughput and efficiancy, in true net shape, with closed loop controlled and certified quality. Borealis idea results from a consortium composed by the excellence of developers of worldwide recognized laser machines and advanced material processing together with the highly precision and flexible mechatronic designers. These two big clusters decided to join their expertise and focus on new manufacturing challenges coming from complex product machining in the field of aerospace, medtech and automotive represented by major partners in the market. Borealis project targets a TRL 6 and provide as outcome of three years work two complete Borealis machine in two dimensions, a lab scale machine and a full size machine, which are foreseen to be translated into industrial solution by 2019.

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Start date: 01-01-2015
End date: 31-12-2017
Total budget - Public funding: 7 986 625,00 Euro - 5 968 875,00 Euro
Call topic: Manufacturing processes for complex structures and geometries with efficient use of material (FoF.NMPB.2014.2)