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Additive Manufacturing of Tooling for Flexible Production and Optimised Product Properties

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Coordinator RISE IVF AB - Swerea IVF AB, Mölndal
Funding from Vinnova SEK 4 750 000
Project duration October 2016 - July 2019
Status Completed
Venture The strategic innovation programme for Production2030

Purpose and goal

The long-term aim of the project has been strengthening the Swedish manufacturing industry by increased production flexibility in the Swedish tooling industry. The objectives for the project have been to through using additive manufacturing enable shorter lead times and higher performance in advanced tooling. The objectives have been met to a large extent.

Expected results and effects

In the project results have been produced regarding: 1. Production flexibility by the potential for shortening lead times. 2. Redesign for increased producibility and increased performance. 3. Materials development combined with process development. 4. Post processing. Expected long-term effects are increased competitiveness for Swedish tooling industry and manufacturing industry using advanced tooling.

Planned approach and implementation

The research work has been conducted through 5 work packages in different parts of the value chains in parallel for 2 case studies with a demonstrator each. Case A: Press quenching of transmission components. The demonstrator component was a mandrel, a part of a tooling set. Case B: Hot stamping of boron steel sheet. The demonstrator component was a tool part with internal structure for heating and cooling. The approach and division of work in the project worked well and was successful but was also demanding regarding coordination and planning.

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Last updated 8 January 2019

Reference number 2016-03305

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