The LASIMM project aim is to develop a large scale flexible hybrid additive/subtractive machine based on a modular architecture which is easily scalable. The machine will feature capabilities for additive manufacture, machining, cold-work, metrology and inspection that will provide the optimum solution for the hybrid manufacturing of large engineering parts of high integrity, with cost benefits of more than 50% compared to conventional machining processes.
For large scale engineering structures material needs to be deposited at a relatively high rate with exceptional properties and excellent integrity. To ensure this the machine is based on wire + arc additive manufacture for the additive process. A unique feature of the machine will be the capability for parallel manufacturing featuring either multiple deposition heads or concurrent addition and subtraction processes.
To facilitate parallel manufacturing the machine architecture is based on robotics. To ensure that the surface finish and accuracy needed for engineering components is obtained for the subtractive step a parallel kinematic motion robot is employed. This robot is also used for application of cold work by rolling between passes. This ensures that material properties can be better than those of forged material.
A key part of this project is the development of ICT infrastructure and toolboxes needed to programme and run the machine. The implementation of parallel manufacturing is extremely challenging from a software perspective and this will be a major activity within the project. To deliver this extremely demanding and ambitious project a well-balanced expert team has been brought together.
There are ten partners comprising six companies, two Universities and two research institutes. Two of the companies are SMEs and there are three end users from the renewable energy, construction and aerospace sectors. The consortium also features the whole of the supply chain needed to produce such a machine.
|Total budget - Public funding:||4 868 263,00 Euro - 4 868 263,00 Euro|
|Call topic:||Novel hybrid approaches for additive and subtractive manufacturing machines (FoF.2016.01)|
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Despite not being the main objective of LASIMM this was still addressed. However, in order to fully develop zero-defect manufacturing related to the LASIMM results a new project, just dedicated to this objective, would be necessary.
The KPI could be the following:
- size of the deffects identified at the beginning of the projects versus the number of deffects identified at the end of the project
Scalability and reconfigurability were addressed during the project.
It is very complicated to get machines to fair, specially large machines, due to the cost associated with that. Their should be the possibility to access further funding, specially when the costs are high, to present physical project results (in this case a very large machine) into fairs.
One of the interesting KPIs would be the number of products that could be done but also the type and number of possible architectures (in this case a machine architecture was developed) could be considered as a KPI.
Additive manufacturing should still be addressed in future calls.
The term complex products is a difficult one to evaluate against. When addressing advanced manufacturing processes the approach should be that all products are "complex". For example, using AM to manufacture a products that already exists is still relevant despite the fact that we are talking about a "non-complex" product.
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