ReLed-3D Resource efficient flexible production in the automotive industry through additive metal manufacturing
Purpose and goal
Aim and objective for ReLed-3D has mainly been to develop design and manufacturing methodology for a resource-efficient additive manufacturing "AM" of components in the automotive industry. This has addressed the entire value chain from innovative design for AM to optimization based on functional requirements, materials and quality aspects, as well as preparation, manufacturing and finishing. Results from ReLed-3D: - Innovation process - R&D studies on heat transfer in metal specimens - Increased industrial benefit through AM case studies - Guide for AM.
Expected results and effects
1. Innovation process for innovation through Additive Manufacturing, AM. Based on methods for product development Industry-adapted training, guidance and use cases 2. R&D study on heat transfer in metal specimens designed for AM. Optimized with flow simulation. Tests in test rig show results according to expectations and the need for further FoU 3. Guide for AM. Is published by Lunds Universitet, has been used in the innovation process 4. Development process with industrial case studies. Has clarified a gradual industrial maturity and implementation of AM in a company.
Planned approach and implementation
The industrial starting point has included the innovation process for AM through the supply chain, from powder material to finished component. The implementation reflects this, by: - Building an industrially applicable innovation process for product and production development. - Planning and performing targeted R&D where new knowledge needs to be developed. Insight 1: This is a time consuming process. Insight 2: It takes great effort to produce facts about a component´s life cycle costs in traditional manufacturing as well as facts if made by AM, to make an accurate comparison.