Health and Environmental Aspects of Additive Manufacturing and Challenges for a Sustainable Production 2

Reference number 2018-03336
Coordinator Swerim AB - Material- och Processutveckling
Funding from Vinnova SEK 9 997 120
Project duration December 2018 - December 2020
Status Ongoing
Venture Utmaningsdriven innovation – steg 2 samverkansprojekt
Call Utmaningsdriven innovation - Steg 2 Samverkansprojekt 2018 (höst)

Purpose and goal

The intention of HÄMAT2 is to promote the full potential of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in a sustainable way by tackling the challenges imposed by AM on health and environment. This project has the ambition to enable the Swedish industry to compete and pioneer at European level towards a sustainable AM by elevating awareness and proposing technical and regulatory solutions. HÄMAT2 aims to establish guidelines and provide a blueprint for safe-by-design facilities along AM chain to eliminate hazards of AM on occupational and consumer safety as well as environment.

Expected results and effects

As a result of HÄMAT2, there will be an accurate baseline data in Sweden regarding health and environmental issues in AM chain, as well as solution on how the situation can be improved by providing systematic routines, technical innovations and regulations to assure a safe and sustainable industry. This will contribute to safer workplaces and environment by elimination and/or reduction of adverse effects caused by activities in AM chain. Deeper knowledge on global aspects of safety and sustainability in AM and its societal and economic impacts are also expected.

Planned approach and implementation

In this project the risks along AM value chain will be identified and solutions to manage the risks will be created. Identification of risks includes emission measurements (particles and chemical compounds) at AM chain facilities, material characterization and toxicity assessment as well as operator health check-ups. Solutions to overcome these challenges comprise increased automation, improved ventilation and recycling methods and health check-up routines. The solutions will be tested together with industrial partners and regulatory recommendations will be provided.

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